Since the end of the civil war in 2011, Côte d’Ivoire has stepped forward into a new era of sustained peace and high economic growth. Linguistically, ethnically and religiously diverse, the former French colony is now aiming to regain its historic status as a peaceful and prosperous West African nation state. Geography Côte d’Ivoire is 322,463 sq km in size. It shares borders with Liberia and Guinea to the west, Mali and Burkina Faso to the north, and Ghana to the east, and boasts…
From The Report: Cote d'Ivoire 2018
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Côte d’Ivoire has long been regarded as one of West Africa’s richest and most diverse countries due to its linguistic, ethnic and religious diversity. While agriculture remains a key driver of economic progress, there is an abundance of other natural resources, including crude oil – with proven reserves of around 100m barrels – natural gas and diamonds. As a member of UEMOA, the African Union and ECOWAS, Côte d’Ivoire is an active player in regional politics, having also developed particularly strong ties with Morocco in recent years.
This chapter contains viewpoints from President Alasanne Ouattara and Kofi Annan, Chairman, African Progress Panel; and an interview with Marcel de Souza, President, ECOWAS Commission.