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Côte d’Ivoire has been a partner country of German development cooperation since 1975. GIZ has an office in Abidjan and two regional offices in the southwest and north of the country. In 2002, Côte d’Ivoire was shaken by a serious political crisis, which persisted until 2011. During the crisis, GIZ was able to continue ongoing projects and programmes, and has since expanded its project portfolio. Currently 87 national and 11 international employees are working in the country (as of 31.12.2017).

Because of its economic strength, its development status and its importance for the region, Côte d’Ivoire was long considered a potential emerging economy. Thanks to its diversified agricultural production and processing industry, the country enjoyed steady economic growth of more than five per cent over a period of many years. A pro-western, liberal economic policy and the nation’s stable political situation boosted these trends until the end of 1999, making Côte d’Ivoire a driver of economic development in West Africa. Côte d’Ivoire is the global market leader in cocoa production, growing about 35 per cent of the world’s cocoa beans. It is also an important producer of cashew nuts and rubber.

The widely varying resource base in different regions, however, led to tension within the country, and the demand for labour encouraged ongoing migration from the poorer northern neighbours, Mali and Burkina Faso. As a result, the population is very heterogeneous, especially in the main cocoa growing areas and the parts of the country where other export crops are cultivated. Foreigners account for 25 per cent of the total population.

Since May 2011, a new government has been in office under the leadership of President Ouattara. He was reelected for a second term in 2015. The security situation has been normalised, and improvements in the political and economic situation, as well as in international economic relations, are opening up good prospects for the country.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is helping to promote rural economic development, conserve biodiversity, strengthen climate change adaptation and increase the population’s resilience to crises. A number of complementary projects are enhancing the value chains for cocoa, cashew nuts and cotton. Another project is tackling illegal logging and encouraging sustainable forest management. In cooperation with private companies, GIZ is also supporting the agricultural sector. On behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office, GIZ is implementing a project to reform the police sector, which includes improving small arms control. We are also working for the European Union to help reintegrate ex-combatants.