Côte d’Ivoire

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INFORMATION

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Government: Unitary Presidential Republic

Current President: Alassane Ouattara

Economy:

  • 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: 27,481,086 (2020)

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)
Religions:

  • 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%)

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Jula
  • Senoufo
  • Baule

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RECENT NEWS

  • Wed - May 12, 2021: Being a Catechist Is "An Inspiration From God", Says Guillaume Gnagne, a Catechist for More Than 50 Years - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [Agenzia Fides] Abidjan -- "If the Pope cares about catechists today, it is a joy for me", says Guillaume Gnagne, catechist since 1966 in the local Adjoukrou language (a population of the south of the country) on the occasion of the publication, on May 11, 2021, of the Motu Proprio of Pope Francis "Antiquum Ministerium" which establishes the lay ministry of the catechist. "In the past the catechist was not taken into consideration, he collaborated in the work of God, but he was not taken into consideration as he should. The Pope has
  • Wed - May 12, 2021: FM Holds Talks With Ivorian Counterpart - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [MAP] Rabat -- Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, on Tuesday held talks by videoconference with the Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora, Kandia Kamissoko Camara.
  • Wed - May 12, 2021: Pres. Weah Assures Cote d'Ivoire of Liberia's Commitment to Peace and Stability in the Region - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Liberia's Foreign Minister Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr, says Liberia is a trusted friend and reliable partner to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, adding Liberia will never allow an inch of its territory to be used to destabilize any of its neighboring Countries particularly the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire.
  • Wed - May 12, 2021: Ivorian Government Releases 14 Liberians Following Alleged Attack On Military Base That Left Three Liberians Dead - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The Government of the Republic of Cote D'Ivoire has released 14 Liberians, who were arrested and detained following the attack on the Abobo Military Base on the night of April 20-21, 2021.
  • Mon - May 10, 2021: CAF and FIFA Take Pro-Active Approach to Foster Unity and Development in Côte d'Ivoire - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [CAF] CAF and FIFA Presidents visited Côte d'Ivoire from May 4 to 5, 2021 as part of their first joint mission to Africa since the election of Dr Patrice Motsepe as head of CAF (Confédération Africaine de Football) last March in Rabat.