Côte d'Ivoire Financial Services

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Articles & Analysis | On the up: Banking from The Report: Cote d'Ivoire 2018

 

Since 2011, in the aftermath of the post-election crisis, Côte d’Ivoire has been in a phase of economic recovery, with an average annual GDP growth rate of 9.28% over the period 2012-16.

 

In September 2018 the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) will celebrate its first 20 years in operation. The bourse is headquartered in Abidjan, and dominated by Ivorian listed firms and market participants. Having stagnated somewhat during Côte d’Ivoire’s period of political instability in the first decade of the century, it has...

 

Banking regulations across the UEMOA region have been expanding in scope over the 2016-18 period, centred around three key pillars: namely the introduction and enforcement of new minimum capital requirements; the migration to the Basel II and Basel III frameworks; and cross-jurisdictional collaboration between West African central banks.

 

The insurance sector in Côte d’Ivoire has enjoyed a dynamic half-decade. Strong and sustained economic growth since 2012 has made the industry increasingly attractive, prompting the arrival of multiple new competitors aiming to establish a foothold in West Africa’s biggest insurance market. Premiums have grown steadily, keeping pace with GDP...

 

In what ways will the upcoming changes to the regulatory framework affect the financial sector?

 

While the bulk of retail bank operations in Côte d’ Ivoire are still conducted through traditional branches, digitalisation has already revolutionised the sector, and there is little evidence that this trend will slow down as technology penetration continues to rapidly expand. Individuals have been able to carry out basic transactions using...

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