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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire

Last updated in May 2017

Political relations

Germany and Côte d’Ivoire have traditionally enjoyed friendly relations, as evidenced by Ivorian President Alassane 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.

Former Federal President Horst Köhler travelled to Côte d’Ivoire in February 2017, while Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Müller visited the country in early March 2017.

Economic relations

Côte d’Ivoire has been stepping up its efforts to intensify economic relations with Germany. These efforts have so far borne only modest fruit. Côte d’Ivoire’s economic importance is based mainly on its role as the world’s biggest supplier of cocoa to Germany’s cocoa-processing industry.

In 2015, Germany exported to Côte d’Ivoire goods worth 300 million euros. During the same period, German imports from Côte d’Ivoire – mainly raw cocoa – were worth 775 million euros.

Development cooperation

Since the end of the crisis in April 2011, bilateral development cooperation has been intensified. For 2016, Germany pledged funding to Côte d’Ivoire totalling 15 million euros in order to help develop the country’s health care system. Germany and Côte d’Ivoire have been cooperating on environmental protection since 1993. Côte d’Ivoire is a partner country of German development cooperation, with focus being put on specific areas. Rural economic development and biodiversity is the priority area of cooperation. There are also projects underway in the areas of health care and family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention, renewable energy as well as the governance of raw materials.   

Cultural relations

There are some 250,000 people learning German in Côte d’Ivoire and around 1500 German teachers. The universities in Abidjan and Bouaké have large German Studies departments with more than 1000 students. There is a Goethe-Institut in Abidjan that features prominently in the city’s cultural life. The regional office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) promotes the exchange of students and academics. There is also a very active city twinning arrangement between Reutlingen and Bouaké.

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