Côte d’Ivoire



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Capital: Yamoussoukro

Government: Unitary Presidential Republic

Current President: Alassane Ouattara


  • Heavily dependent on agriculture and related activities which engage roughly 68% of the population.
  • World’s largest exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer and exporter of coffee and palm oil.

Population: 24,184,810 (2017)

Land Size: 332,462 sq km (124,503 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Akan: 42.1%
  • Voltaiques or Gur: 17.6%
  • Northern Mandes: 16.5%
  • Krous: 11%
  • Southern Mandes: 10%
  • Other: 2.8% (includes 130,000 Lebanese and 14,000 French) (1998)

  • Muslim: 38.6%
  • Christian: 32.8%
  • Indigenous: 11.9%
  • None: 16.7%
  • note: the majority of foreigners (migratory workers) are Muslim (70%) and Christian (20%)


  • French (official)
  • Jula
  • Senoufo
  • Baule



  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: Diasporas to the Rescue for Investment? - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [The Conversation Africa] In times of conflict, many economies flounder. Investors and the private sector tend to be averse to risk, and will avoid putting money into countries where peace and security are not guaranteed.
  • Tue - Feb 12, 2019: President Ouattara Says All Are Free to Stand in 2020 Presidential Election - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [RFI] Côte d'Ivoire's President Alassane Ouattara says he has until July 2020 to announce whether he will be a candidate for the next presidential elections, in an exclusive interview with RFI in Addis Ababa during the African Union Summit - his first public comments since the resignation of his speaker of parliament, Guillaume Soro.
  • Tue - Feb 12, 2019: AfDB, Ecowas, Sign Agreement for Study On Abidjan-Lagos Highway - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [This Day] The African Development Bank and the Economic Community of West African States Commission (ECOWAS) have signed an agreement for a study into a 1,000 kilometre highway linking Cote d'Ivoire's commercial capital Abidjan, to Lagos in Nigeria, marking a new step in building regional integration and trade.
  • Mon - Feb 11, 2019: House Speaker Steps Down - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [allAfrica] In a very short speech on Friday, the president of the Ivorian National Assembly, Guillaume Soro, announced that he is stepping down.
  • Tue - Feb 5, 2019: Ecowas, AfDB Sign $22.7M Abidjan-Lagos Highway Agreement - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [Guardian] ECOWAS and the African Development Bank (AfDB), on Monday signed a 22 million dollar agreement for the technical design to develop the Abidjan-Lagos highway.