Last updated in March 2016
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.
Côte d’Ivoire is stepping up its efforts to intensify economic relations with Germany. So far, these efforts have borne only modest fruit. In recent years, Economically, Côte d’Ivoire is mainly of significance as the globally most important supplier of cocoa to Germany’s cocoa-processing industry.
In 2014, Germany exported to Côte d’Ivoire goods worth EUR 154.5 million. German imports from Côte d’Ivoire, mainly raw cocoa, were worth EUR 921.6 million.
Since the end of the crisis in April 2011, bilateral development cooperation has been stepped up. For 2014, Côte d’Ivoire was pledged EUR 51 million in funding. This is being used in the energy sector (power supply) and is designed to promote the development of nature conservation and economic areas in the Tai and Comoé National Parks and their catchment areas. For 2015 and 2016, Germany has pledged EUR 20 million to develop the country’s health care system. 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.