CEPICI organized an international conference in Abidjan-Plateau on April 28, 2017, to make more understandable the notions of strategic information and economic security and enable the participants to take ownership of these concepts.
Placed under the theme of "Strategic intelligence and economic security, key factors to attract direct investment", this conference raised awareness on the significant role played by this topic in the dynamics of emergence by 2020, explained Mr. Emmanuel Essis, Managing Director of CEPICI at the opening session.
In his opening address, Jean Baptiste Carpentier, the French Commissioner for Strategic Intelligence and Economic Security, described the notion of "economic intelligence", a French term coined in the 1990s.
He sets out the issues of this conference and stressed on the “need to offer economic security, which requires the control of economic information" in order to attract significant investor interest.
Mr. Adama Coulibaly, Chief of the Cabinet to the Minister of Economy and Finance recalled that "aware of the new challenges related to strategic intelligence and economic security, the Ivorian Government, has developed structural and institutional reform initiatives to deal with the situation and improve the business environment to attract foreign direct investment (IDE).
He went on to point out that approximately 430 billion CFA francs of foreign private capital were raised by the country between 2014 and 2015. According to M. Coulibaly, the net FDI inflows are still low despite the Ivorian destination attractiveness, as it only represents 0.77% of overall private capital flows coming to the African continent.
Reference should be made to the fact that African countries raised about US $ 54 billion in 2015, representing 4% of the world's FDI, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report’s (UNCTAD).
In addition to the opening ceremony, the program was made up of two panels respectively focused on "strategic information, factors to attract FDI" and "economic security, factors to attract FDI ".
The work was attended by panelists from Côte d’Ivoire , France, Burkina Faso and Senegal .