19th ICASA | 4 - 9 DEC 2017 | ABIDJAN | CÔTE D'IVOIRE
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Destination Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire is a West African country located in the northern hemisphere between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in the Gulf of Guinea. It is a country with legendary hospitality, diverse gastronomy, cultural richness, primary forest and mild weather throughout the year. The Ivorian relief facilitates the human settlement, the development of the territory (agriculture) and the construction of the infrastructures of communication. Cote d’Ivoire is sufficiently watered by different rivers which play an important economic role because they make it possible to produce electricity through hydro-electric dams, fish, irrigate and trade directly from outside the port of ABIDJAN and SAN PEDRO.


  1. Tourist Attractions and Sights
  • Five hundred and fifty kilometers of navigable maritime coastline conducive to the practice of water sports;
  • Two national parks and a nature reserve classified as UNESCO World Heritage;
  • Two million hectares of wooded savannas and wet forests, eight national parks and one nature reserve;
  • An historic heart of the city and the seaside resort of Grand-Bassam declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO;
  • The Grand-Bassam Victory Bridge;
  • The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, the largest religious building in the world;
  • Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Abidjan, a Catholic edifice blessed by Pope John Paul II during his pastoral visit to Côte d’Ivoire;
  • The Great Mosque of the Plateau;
  • The old house of the Governor of Lower Sassandra;
  • The Sassandra wharf;
  • The Botanical Garden of Bingerville;
  • A rich land suitable for growing Cocoa, making it the world’s largest producer with about 35% of the market;
  • The Félix Houphouët Boigny Foundation with its 4000-seat auditorium;
  • The Crocodile Lake;
  • Hotel President with its 18-hole golf course;
  • Several well-equipped conference centers for events;
  • Modern infrastructure such as hotels, airports and road networks that is conducive to business tourism;
  • One of the best road networks in the sub region with 68,000 km of which 6,000 km of asphalt roads, 638 km of railways from north to south of the country;
  • Telecommunications cover most of the country’s major cities, such as landline, mobile phone, radio, television, fax, telex, Internet;
  • Simultaneous translation facilities in several languages,
  • Health infrastructures of high technological level.
  • Ivory Coast is a sub-regional power with the second largest port in Sub-Saharan Africa, an important road network and a recently expanded international airport;
  • Figure at the forefront of Africa for several other agricultural export productions (rubber, cashew nuts, cotton, coffee, oil palm, banana, pineapple, cola);

Côte d’Ivoire has important assets that attract foreign capital (source World Bank, June 2016)



II.  Institution

  • Republic with a presidential regime;
  • President elected by direct universal suffrage for a five-year term renewable once;
  • Vice-President is elected at the same time as the President;
  • 225 deputies elected by direct universal suffrage for a five-year term;
  • The Senate ensures the representation of local and regional authorities;
  • 2/3 of the senators elected by indirect universal suffrage for 5 years and 1/3 appointed by the President of the Republic


III. Economy

  • GDP: USD 32 billion (DGT, 2016)
  • GDP per capita: USD 1,410 (DGT, 2015)
  • 35% of UEMOA’s GDP
  • Growth rate: 8.6% (IMF, 2015)
  • Inflation rate: 1.6% (DGT, 2015)
  • Budgetary balance: – 2.3% of GDP (DGT, 2015)
  • Trade balance: CFAF 1,468 billion (IMF)
  • Main customers: the Netherlands (10%); United States (8%); South Africa (7%); France 6% (DGT, 2014)
  • Main suppliers: Nigeria (22%), France (12%), China (9%), India (5%


IV. Geography

  • Official name: Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
  • Surface area: 322,463 km²
  • Political capital: Yamoussoukro
  • Economic capital: Abidjan
  • Main cities: Abidjan, Bouaké, San Pedro, Gagnoa, Korhogo, Daloa, Yamoussoukro
  • Official language (s): French
  • Currency: CFA Franc
  • National Day: August 7th


V. Demographics

  • Population: 22.7 million (World Bank, 2015) of which 5.5 million are foreigners
  • Density: 69.7 inhabitants / km² (World Bank, 2014)
  • Population growth: 2.4% (World Bank, 2014)
  • Life expectancy: 51.9 years (World Bank, 2015)
  • Literacy rate: 57% (World Bank, 2011)
  • Religion: Islam: 42%, Christianity: 34%, animism: 4%, without religion: 19%, other religions: 1% (National Institute of Statistics of Côte d’Ivoire, 2014)
  • Human Development Index: 172nd / 187 countries (UNDP, 2015)
  • Transparency International rankings: 107th / 168 countries (2015)



Basilica “Notre de la Paix” of Yamoussoukro, located 230 kilometers from Abidjan.

Cathedral “Saint Paul” of Abidjan, located in the business center in the Plateau.

Monogaga beach of Sassandra located, at 270 kilometers from Abidjan.











Assinie beach, located 102 kilometers from Abidjan


National Park of Taï, located 602 kilometers from Abidjan.


The cascades of Man, located 570 kilometers from Abidjan.


The cascades of Man, located 570 kilometers from Abidjan.


Taï National Park, located 602 kilometers from Abidjan.

Plateau, business center of Abidjan.