Economy, Finance and Trade: Côte d’Ivoire

March 2021

In 2020, the Ivorian economy experienced an economic slowdown, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing business closures, increasing unemployment, and exacerbating poverty rates. Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows declined, while exports in agricultural products, such as cocoa, palm oil and coffee, remained resilient. The Ivorian economy is expected to witness rapid recovery in 2021, due to the restart of global economic activity and a comprehensive fiscal package.

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Economy, Finance and Trade: Côte d’Ivoire

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Ivorian GDP experienced limited real growth in 2020
Côte d’Ivoire postponed introduction of the new currency
Main trade items remained resilient to the pandemic
Foreign investment decreased, because of economic and political uncertainty
Public debt surged, due to a generous fiscal package

ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE

Chart 1 Economic Landscape of Côte d’Ivoire: 2020 Chart 2 Real GDP Growth in Côte d’Ivoire: 2010-2040 Chart 3 GDP Size and Growth: 2015-2040 Chart 4 Gross Value Added by Sector in Côte d’Ivoire: 2020 Chart 5 Domestic Demand: 2015 and 2020 Chart 6 Productivity: 2015 and 2020

MONETARY INDICATORS

Chart 7 Monetary Landscape of Côte d’Ivoire: 2020 Chart 8 Inflation: 2010-2040 Chart 9 Average Inflation: 2010-2040 Chart 10 Interest Rates in Côte d’Ivoire: 2010-2021 Chart 11 Exchange Rates: 2010-2020

FOREIGN TRADE

Chart 12 Foreign Trade Landscape of Côte d’Ivoire: 2020 Chart 13 Exports in Côte d’Ivoire: 2014-2021 Chart 14 Exports by Commodity in Côte d’Ivoire: 2020 Chart 15 Top 10 Export Destinations: 2020 Chart 16 Imports in Côte d’Ivoire: 2014-2021 Chart 17 Imports by Commodity in Côte d’Ivoire: 2020 Chart 18 Top 10 Import Origins: 2020

INVESTMENTS

Chart 19 Investment Landscape of Côte d’Ivoire: 2020 Chart 20 FDI intensity: 2019 Chart 21 Foreign Direct Investment Inflows and Outflows in Côte d’Ivoire: 2014-2019 Chart 22 Gross Fixed Capital Formation in Côte d’Ivoire: 2010-2020

GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Chart 23 Government Budget Landscape of Côte d’Ivoire: 2020 Chart 24 Public Debt: 2020 Chart 25 Government Revenue: 2020 Chart 26 Government Expenditure: 2020 Chart 27 Government Expenditure by Economic Type in Côte d’Ivoire: 2020 Chart 28 Government Expenditure by Function in Côte d’Ivoire: 2020
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