The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (also known as Ivory Coast) is located in West Africa and shares a border with Guinea, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana. It is the world’s largest exporter of cocoa beans and despite recent incidents with terrorism, the slump in the cocoa markets and public sector worker’s strikes it has achieved robust economic growth and poverty reduction.
President: Alassane Ouattra
Population: 24 million
Religion: Islam, Christianity
Languages: French, indigenous languages
National Development Plan (NDP 2016-2020)
In 2015 the government adopted the National Development Plan (NDP 2016-2020), which has been designed to transform Côte d’Ivoire into a middle-income economy by 2020 and further reduce the poverty rate. The strategy is based on the structural transformation of the economy, with drivers being competitiveness and a fairer redistribution of wealth.