On the 20th April 2017, the CEPICI and the economic intelligence consultancy Oxford Business Group (OBG) signed a memorandum on their partnership renewal agreement based on the development and the publication of the 2018 economics report called “The Report : Côte d’Ivoire”.
This collaboration, which started in 2013, aims to provide objective, timely and relevant information to economic operators on the business environment in Côte d'Ivoire.
Mrs Clémentine Clabault, Country Director of OBG in Côte d'Ivoire, considers that: "In view of the unstable global economic context, the business community is looking for objective data to develop its investment strategies. Present in Côte d'Ivoire throughout the year and meeting the major players in the Ivorian economy, our Group in collaboration with CEPICI is able to address this need. We make in-depthanalysis of the challenges and opportunities offers by the country, through information directly collected on the ground.”
Despite the external shocks and the climate of uncertainty, Côte d'Ivoire remains the most dynamic economy in the UEMOA since 2012, with a growth rate of 8% to 10%. Following the adoption of 50 reforms, the country has gained 35 places in the World Bank Doing Business ranking’s, from the 177th to the 142nd place.
Mr Emmanuel Essis, the CEPICI’s general manager pointed out that "improving the business climate is an ongoing process. The forthcoming reforms offer positive prospects for the Ivorian economy ". He also recalled that "we want to move to the digitization of public services and offer more guarantees to make life easier for entrepreneurs. »
CEPICI has developed a strategic investment promotion plan in order to raise CFAF 5 538 billion for the 2016-2020 National Development Plan (PND). With the targeting strategy focused on promising sectors and sources for investments, CEPICI has to open up and learn from others competence and experience.
The Report: Côte d'Ivoire 2018 will provide economic analysis of various sectors and face to face interview with more than 300 business executives and representatives of public authorities in the Ivorian economy. It will also feature a selection of interview with the most influential local and international personalities in their field. The Report presents investment opportunities in the promising sectors in order to support the country in its ambition to become an emerging economy by 2020.
It should be noted that private investment approved by CEPICI is estimated at CFAF 672 billion, with 45% coming from Europe, America, and Asia where Oxford Business Group has the largest readership.