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Business Dynamics: Côte d’Ivoire

February 2022

Côte d’Ivoire’s businesses are challenged by widespread corruption, poor infrastructure and, most importantly, a lack of skilled human capital. Furthermore, the ICT sector is weak, the higher educational attainment rate is low, and more than half of the population is illiterate. Nevertheless, the Ivorian government is improving trade, implementing educational programmes, and entering new partnerships to increase internet connectivity and technological capabilities in the country.

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Business Dynamics: Côte d’Ivoire


Worsening government integrity and high corruption weaken business environment
Lower constraints on the flow of investment capital compared to regional peers
Low literacy rate, high youth unemployment and wide gender employment gap
Côte d’Ivoire is reducing import duties for the EU market
Low innovation capacity, but internet penetration is predicted to increase, due to new partnership with technology giant Huawei
Chart 1 Operational and Legal Environment Key Indicators
Chart 2 Index of Economic Freedom Ranking by Pillar in Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Comparison 2021
Chart 3 Index of Economic Freedom Ranking 2016-2021
Chart 4 Index of Economic Freedom: Judicial Effectiveness Pillar Rank in Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Comparison 2017-2021
Chart 5 Index of Economic Freedom: Government Integrity Pillar Rank in Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Comparison 2016-2021
Chart 6 Corruption Perceptions Ranking: Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Comparison 2015-2020
Chart 7 Key Financial and Investment Indicators
Chart 8 Index of Economic Freedom: Property Rights Pillar Rank in Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Comparison 2016-2021
Chart 9 Bank Claims on the Private Sector as % of GDP 2016-2021
Chart 10 Key Skills and Labour Indicators
Chart 11 Population Aged 15+ with Higher Education 2016-2021
Chart 12 Education Indicators 2021
Chart 13 Employment by Age 2021
Chart 14 Employment by Gender 2021
Chart 15 Youth Unemployment Rate 2016-2021
Chart 16 Labour Structure Change 2016-2021
Chart 17 Labour Structure Comparison 2021
Chart 18 Self Employed as % of Total Employed Population 2021
Chart 19 Index of Economic Freedom: Labour Pillar Rank in Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Comparison 2016-2021
Chart 20 Labour Market Regulations in Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Comparison 2021
Chart 21 Key Infrastructure Indicators
Chart 22 Transportation Mode Indicators in Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Comparison
Chart 23 Road Infrastructure 2021
Chart 24 Innovation and Digitalisation Key Indicators
Chart 25 Network Readiness Ranking by Pillar in Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Comparison 2021
Chart 26 Network Readiness Ranking for Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Comparison 2019-2021
Chart 27 Network Readiness Ranking: Technology Pillar for Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Comparison 2019-2021
Chart 28 Intellectual Property: Côte d’Ivoire Compared to Selected Regional Peers 2021
The 2021 Index of Economic Freedom
The Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2021
The Network Readiness Index (NRI) 2021

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