From 27th-29th April, DMA took a distinguished group of business leaders to Abidjan, for a high-level investment mission. The highly successful visit included some of the world’s biggest companies and provided a unique opportunity for the Ivoirian government to secure new investments and deepen relationships with blue-chip companies with a combined market capitalisation of over US$200 billion.
In line with the Government of Côte d'Ivoire’s agenda for attracting international investors, the mission was designed to allow for substantive and meaningful engagement with the government, for both established international companies and potential new investors. It culminated in a meeting with HE Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
“The transformation of our natural resources is an important sector for Côte d'Ivoire” indicated The Head of State. “We want to focus not only on the extraction of natural resources, oil, gas, mining, but we want to move on to the transformation phase of our raw materials. It is something that is particularly close to my heart, I encourage you to get into this sector.”
Through bilaterals and working groups, the delegation from the UK also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Director General, the Minister of Employment, the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Interieur, the Minister of Budget, the Minister of Health, the Director General of Agriculture, the Executive Director and Vice President of African Development Bank, Investment Agency, the Director General of Foreign Trade & Ministry of Commerce, the President of Chamber of Commerce and the National state Oil Company.
Additionally, during the course of the trade mission, UKTI co-hosted a mining industry roundtable. Other key sectors such as agriculture, energy, infrastructure and tourism were also represented in what is the most significant UK trade mission to West Africa in the past decade.
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