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.