Côte d'Ivoire


Coat of arms: in its current form was adopted in 1964. The focal point of the emblem is the head of an elephant. The elephant is symbolically important to the nation, since it is the largest animal found in Ivory Coast as well as being the source of ivory for which the nation is named. The rising sun is a traditional symbol of a new beginning. Below the elephant head is a banner containing the name of the nation.


Flag: features three equal vertical bands of orange (hoist side), white, and green. 

The Orange stripe expresses the splendour of national blossoming, while also serving as a reminder of the Northern Savannas. The White stripe glorifies peace in purity and union of hearts, and is the pledge of our success; and the Green stripe, expression of our hope for the future, recalls the luxuriant virgin forest of Ivory Coast, the first great source of national prosperity. The vertical alignment of the stripes symbolises the dynamic youth which heads for the future under the national motto «Union, Discipline and Work».

  • Anthem: «L'Abidjanaise» is the national anthem of Cote d'Ivoire.
  • Official languages: French.
  • Geographical location: it is a country located in West Africa. It borders Guinea and Liberia to the west, Burkina Faso and Mali to the north, Ghana to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) to the south. 
  • Administrative divisions: since 2011, Ivory Coast has been administratively organised into 12 districts plus two district-level autonomous cities. The districts are divided into 31 regions; the regions are divided into 108 departments; and the departments are divided into 510 sub-prefectures.
  • Capital: Yamoussoukro.
  • Governance: Cote d'Ivoire is a presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President is both head of state and head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the President and the Government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and parliament.
  • Population: 22.40 million.
  • Currency: West African CFA franc.
  • GDP: $34.027 billion.
  • Time zone: GMT +0.
  • Telephone code: +225.
  • Barcode: 618.


Trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Cote d'Ivoire

The government seeks to bring the country into the category of emerging economies by 2020.

Agriculture plays a significant role in the country's economy and accounts for 25% of GDP and 60% of export earnings. Industry accounts for 28% of GDP.

Most Valuable Export Products of Cote d'Ivoire:

  • Cacao beans (one third in monetary terms);
  • Cashew nuts;
  • Coffee;
  • Gold;
  • Wood;
  • Cotton;
  • Bananas;
  • Pineapples;
  • Palm oil;
  • Rubber.

Most Valuable Import Products of Cote d'Ivoire: 

  • Crude oil;
  • Machinery and electronics;
  • Grain;
  • Cars;
  • Pharmaceutical products.

Belarus supplies fertilizers to Cote d'Ivoire. Belarus exported potassic and nitrogenous fertilizers, articles of steel, and printed matter to this country before 2016. In 2016, it supplied dairy products, various equipment and spare parts to Cote d'Ivoire for the first time.

In 2017, Belarusian exports to Côte d’Ivoire amounted to $29.2673 million. The main exported products were potassic and mineral fertilizers, building bars. 

Belarus imports fruits, vegetables, rubber, and cocoa beans from Côte d’Ivoire. In 2017, Ivorian exports to Belarus amounted to $42.966 million.

In 2017б Belarusian exports of services amounted to $0.3602 million (maritime transport services).

Belarus's most valuable products, imported by Cote d'Ivoire

Commodity heading


Exports, in thousand U.S. dollars

The share of Belarusian products in Ivorian imports, %


Potassic fertilizers




Nitrogenous fertilizers




Printed books, brochures, leaflets



Belarus's most promising products to export to Cote d'Ivoire:

  • Milk concentrated and in powder, cheese, yogurt;
  • Sunflower oil;
  • Confectionery (candies, biscuits, marshmallow);
  • Wines, liqueurs;
  • Chlorine to purify water;
  • Building paints, varnishes;
  • Cosmetics, perfumes and toilet waters;
  • Constructional elements, plates, tubes, hoses of plastics;
  • Tubes, pipes, hoses of rubber;
  • Tyres;
  • Handbags, suitcases;
  • Napkins, towels of paper;
  • Stationery of paper and paperboard;
  • Carpets (prayer rugs);
  • Knitted clothing;
  • Corsetry;
  • Bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen;
  • Curtains, drapes;
  • Shawls;
  • Tarpaulins, awnings and sunblinds;
  • Women's wigs;
  • Sanitary ware;
  • Containers for compressed or liquefied gas;
  • Aluminium structures;
  • Tool kits for retail trade;
  • Switchboards;
  • Refrigerators, freezers;
  • Road construction and construction machinery;
  • Agricultural machinery and mowers;
  • Electrical transformers;
  • Uninterruptible power systems;
  • Accumulators;
  • Generators;
  • Power-driven pumps;
  • Microphones, loudspeakers, sound amplifiers;
  • Video recording apparatus;
  • Radio navigational aid apparatus;
  • Monitors and projectors;
  • Insulated wire, cables;
  • Optical fibre cables;
  • Motorcycles;
  • Instruments and apparatus;
  • Children's toys.

Promising areas of cooperation:

  • Supplies of machinery;
  • Construction of the plants to assembly machinery, mainly agricultural machinery;
  • Participation in the infrastructure projects in energy, water supply and transport;
  • Creation of the companies to cultivate and process agricultural products;
  • Supplies of the high value-added products;
  • Food exports;
  • Creation of the joint educational institutions in the third countries, collaboration between the universities.


This article has been prepared on the basis of information provided by the National Centre for Marketing and Price Study of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and taken from public sources. The information presented herein is for informative purposes only. In this regard, it may be useful for the companies, which have been working in Cote d'Ivoire for a long time, as well as for those, which are going to enter this market. Any questions, feedbacks and comments concerning this article are welcome. All of them will be fully considered and taken into account, if possible. If you have any information that may be interesting and useful for the visitors of this page, please write to us.

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