Basilica Our Lady of Peace – Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire



  • Country Profile

The economy of Cote d’Ivoire is heavily dependant on agriculture and related activities, which engage roughly two – thirds of the population. Cote d’ Ivoire is the world’s largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer and exporter of coffee and palm oil. Consequently, the economy is highly sensitive to fluctuations in international prices for thses products and in climatic conditions. Cocoa, oil, and coffee are the country’s top export revenue earners, but the country is also producing gold. The country also produces oil and boasted two offshore oil found in 2012. Since the end of the civil war in 2003, political turmoil has continued to damage the economy , resulting in the loss of foreign investment and slow economic growth. In June 2012, the IMF and the World Bank announced $4.4 billion in debt relief for Cote d’Ivoire under the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.

Source: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Library

  • AGOA Apparel Status

Cote d’Ivoire was declared as 36th Country AGOA eligible on May 16th 2002 but was removed on January 2005. On October 25th 2011, President Obama restored the eligibility of Cote d’Ivoire.

Cote d’Ivoire has been declared Eligible for Apparel Provision on March 19th 2013 and benefits the Lesser Developed Country Special Rule for Apparel (3rd country fabric) and Lesser Developed Country Rule for Certain Textile Articles (Category 0). Regarding the Category 9 Textile Products, Cote d’Ivoire is not yet eligible to export Handloomed / Handmade, nor the folklore annex and ethnic printed fabrics.


  • Contact: Mr. Thierry de Messe Zinsou
    Tél.: (225) 20 30 25 30
    Fax: (225) 20 21 75 76

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