Last updated in October 2015
Germany and Côte d’Ivoire have traditionally enjoyed friendly relations, as evidenced by Ivorian President Ouattara’s visit to Berlin in January 2013. Germany is held in high regard in Côte d’Ivoire and is assisting the country, both bilaterally and through the European Union, in its stabilisation and reconstruction process.
Economic relations and development cooperation
Côte d’Ivoire is stepping up its efforts to intensify economic relations with Germany, and these efforts are increasingly bearing fruit. In recent years, German companies have shown a growing interest in investing there and some of them have opened offices in Abidjan. Economically, Côte d’Ivoire is mainly of significance as the globally most important supplier of cocoa to Germany’s cocoa-processing industry.
In 2013, Germany exported to Côte d’Ivoire goods worth EUR 149.8 million, an increase of 2.6 per cent compared with the previous year. German imports from Côte d’Ivoire, mainly raw cocoa, were worth EUR 957.4 million.
Bilateral development cooperation is also being stepped up. For 2014, Côte d’Ivoire was pledged EUR 51 million in funding. This is to be used in the energy sector (power supply) and to promote the development of nature conservation and economic areas in the Tai and Comoé National Parks and their catchment areas. Germany and Côte d’Ivoire have been cooperating on environmental protection since 1993.
There are some 200,000 people learning German in Côte d’Ivoire and around 1,500 German teachers. The universities in Abidjan and Bouaké have large German departments with more than 1,000 students. There is a Goethe Institute in Abidjan that features prominently in the city’s cultural life. A German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) branch office takes care of academic exchange. There is also a very lively town twinning arrangement between Reutlingen and Bouaké.