‘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.