Infrastructure

The WEF Global Competitiveness Report (2013) ranked Côte d’Ivoire 96th out of 148 countries. Progress has been made as a result of a slightly better macroeconomic environment, which led Côte d’Ivoire to gain 5 positions, as it was ranked 131th in 2012. Inadequate maintenance during the decade of social and political tension led to generalized deterioration of basic infrastructure, with electricity and water supplies frequently cut off, degradation of the roads and railways, and the proliferation of road blocks. Overall, however, Côte d'Ivoire's infrastructure is still one of the best and most extensive in the West African sub-region and the country could rapidly return to and even exceed its pre-crisis level (WTO 2012). It is noteworthy that among foreign investors, French firms have traditionally dominated key infrastructure sectors in Côte d’Ivoire. For example, French companies currently serve as the national electric utility provider, the (partial) manager of the port of Abidjan, and the public water utility provider for Abidjan. Although the banking sector survived the tension relatively well, it suffered from the increase in government arrears and the temporary closure of banks in the north and west. A legal framework for capital market is also in place. The West African Regional Stock Exchange (BRVM) is located in Abidjan with 37 listed companies as of 2012, having continued operations throughout the crisis.

Source: Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2014, Country Report (Côte d’Ivoire)
U.S. Department of State, 2013, Investment Climate Statement (Côte d'Ivoire)
WEF, 2013, Global Competitiveness Report
WTO, 2012, Trade Policy Review (Guinea-Bissau, Côte d'Ivoire and Togo)

Indicator Value Rank/148
Quality of overall infrastructure How would you assess general infrastructure (e.g., transport, telephony, and energy) in your country? [1 = extremely underdeveloped—among the worst in the world; 7 = extensive and efficient—among the best in the world] | 2012–13 weighted average. 2.96 108
Quality of roads How would you assess roads in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = extensive and efficient by international standards) | 2010, 2011. 3.23 93
Quality of railroad infrastructure How would you assess the railroad system in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = extensive and efficient by international standards) | 2010, 2011. 2.14 77
Quality of port infrastructure How would you assess port facilities in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = well-developed and efficient by international standards). For landlocked countries, this measures the ease of access to port facilities and inland waterways | 2010, 2011. 4.54 49
Quality of air transport infrastructure How would you assess passenger air transport infrastructure in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = extensive and efficient by international standards) | 2010, 2011. 4.07 86
Individuals using Internet (%) Internet users are people with access to the worldwide network. 91.23 98
Mobile telephone subscriptions/100 pop According to the World Bank, mobile cellular telephone subscriptions are subscriptions to a public mobile telephone service using cellular technology, which provides access to switched telephone technology. Postpaid and prepaid subscriptions are included. This can also include analogue and digital cellular systems but should not include non-cellular systems. Subscribers to fixed wireless, public mobile data services, or radio paging services are not included. 2.38 130
Fixed broadband Internet subscriptions/100 pop: The International Telecommunication Union considers broadband to be any dedicated connection to the Internet of 256 kilobits per second or faster, in both directions. Broadband subscribers refers to the sum of DSL, cable modem and other broadband (for example, fiber optic, fixed wireless, apartment LANs, satellite connections) subscribers. 0.05 124