Business and Regulatory Environment


The World Bank Doing Business Report (2013) ranked Côte d’Ivoire 167th out of 189 economies. The economy is largely supported by private companies (accounting for 85 per cent of GNP).  During the social and political tension, many companies, especially in the industrial sector, temporarily closed and gave the space to the informal sector. High domestic production costs, related to electricity, transportation and access to credit are found as the main obstacle to business. Including some of aforementioned sectors, the monopolistic or oligopolistic market structure is not consistently regulated. As the world’s biggest producer of cocoa, the country’s cocoa and coffee trade is to a large extent run by multinational companies that integrate into the world economy. Moreover, Côte d’Ivoire is one of the most open countries to foreign equity ownership, with its commitment to doubling foreign investment over the next several years. There are no significant limits on foreign investment nor are there different treatments between foreign and national investors, in terms of the level of foreign ownership or investing sector.

The Business Environment: Doing Business

Multilateral Trade Instruments


The Trade Treaties Map tool is a web-based system on multilateral trade treaties and instruments designed to assist trade support institutions (TSIs) and policymakers in optimizing their country's legal framework on international trade

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