Nearly 350 French economic operators are exploring investment opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire

In the policy of setting up French companies in the Ivory Coast, the French State’s Public Investment Bank (Bpi) has set up a new mechanism for connecting African and French entrepreneurs. Called “Inspire & Connect”, this new platform started in Abidjan on June 2, 2021 and subsequently extended to Kenya via Morocco.

Concerning the Abidjan stage, nearly 350 economic operators participated in panel sessions and B to B meetings. Objective, to see in which fields of activity they can invest in a kind of winning partnership with the Côte d ‘ Ivory.

For the Ivorian Minister of Economy and Finance, Adama Coulibaly, these French entrepreneurs can take their place in the new National Development Plan (Pnd 2021-2025) which aims, for the government, to achieve economic and social transformation and enable Côte d’Ivoire to reach the rank of upper middle-income country by 2030. Estimated at nearly 59,000 billion FCFA, this new plan includes a share of 43,646.4 billion FCFA from the private sector, ie 74% and 15,353 billion FCFA for public financing, ie 26%. Sectors to be explored, according to the minister, are education, health, infrastructure, among others.

A day before, Nicolas Dufourcq, CEO of Bpi France, and Minister Adama Coulibaly had signed a memorandum of understanding aimed, for this French bank, to support the Ivorian government in considering the creation of a public bank for the benefit of Ivorian entrepreneurs. In order to develop entrepreneurship in Côte d’Ivoire.

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