Stability and Economic Prosperity in West Africa: Côte d’Ivoire's Contribution
HE Alassane Ouattara, President of The Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
Alassane Ouattara won the December 2010 presidential elections in Côte d'Ivoire with 54% of the vote; a result disputed by his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo that triggered a post-election crisis that caused the deaths of hundreds of civilians and a contraction of the country's economy. President Ouattara was sworn in as Ivoirian president on 6 May 2011 after the resolution of the crisis.
The country is now re-emerging as a major political and economic power in West Africa. It is the world's largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans, is a significant producer and exporter of coffee and palm oil, and exports gold and oil.
President Ouattara, an economist by profession and Chairman of West Africa's regional bloc, ECOWAS, will discuss change in Côte d'Ivoire, trends in West Africa and his country's role in stabilising and developing the region.
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