Côte d'Ivoire Financial Services

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Chapter | Capital Markets from The Report: Cote d'Ivoire 2020

West Africa’s stock exchange, the Bourse Régionale de Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) has come a long way since...

Chapter | Banking from The Report: Cote d'Ivoire 2020

The banking sector has been central to the country’s ongoing economic recovery, providing a strong growth...

Côte d’Ivoire is an economic powerhouse in West Africa, posting average growth of 8% between 2011 and 2018. However, the rate of GDP growth in real terms fell to 6.7% in 2019 and is expected to contract to 2.7% in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent widespread shutdowns. Looking to the future, the IMF expects growth to rebound to 8.7% in 2021, highlighting the country’s economic resilience. 

 

UEMOA member states’ budget execution in 2017 resulted in an aggravation of budget deficits in comparison to 2016, in conjunction with increases in investment and current expenditure. In this context the UEMOA states have resorted to sovereign debt emissions to cover their resource needs. The outstanding amount of their West African CFA franc...

 

The period of easily raising funds from abroad seems to be coming to an end for emerging markets around the world. In the new environment of higher interest rates in the US and increased competition for capital flows, portfolio managers are becoming more selective with where they place their money.

 

The UEMOA banking system, which has experienced accelerated development over the last five years with average annual growth of 13% of the total sector balance sheet, has remained globally stable and profitable. Nonetheless, there are still pockets of vulnerability. Indeed, some banks are still undercapitalised and several small banks still do...

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