Country profile Côte d'Ivoire

Population: 27 million
Area: 322,463 km² (8 times the size of the Netherlands)
GDP growth: 6.2% (2019)
Head of state: President Alassane Dramane Ouattara


NABC and Côte d'Ivoire

NABC organised a webinar about doing business in Côte d’Ivoire on April 30th, 2020. The recording is available via our YouTube channel.

In Nov-Dec 2019, NABC coordinated two trade missions to the SARA (Salon de l’Agriculture et des Ressources Animales) in Abidjan: one in collaboration with Hortifresh and Inclsve (horticulture) and one in collaboration with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Dutch Embassy in Abidjan (poultry and horticulture).

In November 2018, NABC coordinated an agricultural trade mission to Côte d’Ivoire at the AgroFood West Africa, commissioned by RVO.

NABC has also conducted a study on business opportunities for the Dutch private sector in the Ivorian poultry sector (published in November 2019, click here to read the report).

Similarly, NABC also provided input for a study on the business opportunities for the Dutch private sector in the Ivorian horticulture sector (published in June 2018, click here to read the report).

At the invitation of the Dutch Government, the Ivorian Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources (MIRAH) took part in a poultry mission to the Netherlands from April 18 to 23, 2022. The mission objective was for the Ivorian participants to become acquainted with the development of the Dutch poultry sector through meetings and visits respectively with Dutch experts and operators in the poultry sector.

Investment climate

For the last 5 years, Cote d’Ivoire’s growth rate has been among the highest in the world,’ according to the CIA’s World Factbook. Agriculture and horticulture offer the greatest opportunities, as well as port development (Abidjan and San Pedro). The agricultural sector is growing. Côte d’Ivoire’s main export products are oil, cocoa and coffee. Sectors that contribute the most to national GDP in 2017 are services (53%), industry (27%) and agriculture (20%) (CIA).

The maritime sectors, as well as fruits and vegetables are also compelling. Local processing of agricultural products is growing. The country has had a stable growth of around 7% for a number of years. The country has seen an improvement in business climate, a relatively calm political situation and a growing number of investments. While doing business in Côte d’Ivoire, good knowledge of French is important. One of the challenges to be aware of are high price fluctuations, while production depends on climatic conditions

Diplomatic relations



The Netherlands is represented in Côte d’Ivoire via its embassy in the capital Abidjan led by Ambassador Ms. Yvette Daoud.
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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire is represented in the Netherlands via its embassy in The Hague, led by Ambassador Mr. Sallah Ben Abdelkader Hamza.

Mattijs Renden

Head of Business Development