Côte d’Ivoire and the UK: A New Economic Partnership

4th February, Virtual Event


On 4th February 2021, DMA and CICCGB are hosting the incoming Administration of Côte d’Ivoire for a UK-Côte d’Ivoire trade and investment conference.

Following the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the UK and Côte d’Ivoire in October 2020, the event will be led by senior government officials from President Ouattara’s newly formed Government.

Free to attend, the digital event will focus on trade and investment in multiple sectors including alternative energy and financial services.

Please register for the event HERE



12.00 – 12.15: Opening Remarks

  • H.E. Mrs Sara Amani, Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to the United Kingdom 
  • Lord Sheikh, Baron Sheikh of Cornhill in the City of London
  • British Government Representative

12.15 – 12.25: Keynote address

  • Guest of Honour

12.25 – 12.55: Panel Discussion 1 - Invest in Côte d’Ivoire

  • Chair: Simon Tonge, Executive Director, DMA
  • Hon. Emmanuel Esmel Essis, Minister of Private Investments Promotion, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Steve Gray, Country Head for West Africa, UK Export Finance
  • Private Sector Speaker

12.55 – 13.25: Panel Discussion 2 - Trade & Transformation 

  • Chair: Kady Doumbia Coulibaly, President of Côte d'Ivoire Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain (CICCGB)
  • Hon. Souleymane Diarassouba, Minister of Trade and Industry
  • Emma Wade-Smith, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa
  • Private Sector Speaker

13.25 – 13.30: Closing address (CICCGB)