Cote d'Ivoire

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Ivoirian newspapers backing Gbagbo fulminated about France's desire to retake its former colonies. The French press, meanwhile, obsessed about whether France's military intervention spelled a new era of Françafrique, the term, first introduced in the 1950s, for French interference in the internal affairs of its former African colonies. The New York Times ran a story about France's "long shadow" over its former colonies...

'Defending Democracy in Cote d'Ivoire'. council on Foreign relations, July/August2011


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To fortify the recovery and ensure sustainable growth Côte d’Ivoire needs to continue its efforts in terms of structural transformation by taking full advantage of its considerable natural resources. In this respect, several obstacles hampering the sustainable management of natural resources need to be overcome. These are the weakness of the links between the companies exploiting the resources and the other sectors of the economy, and inadequate transparency in natural resources management and contracts relating to the sharing of production between the government and the oil companies. 

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Official name: République de Côte d'Ivoire (Republic of Côte d'Ivoire)
Head of State: President Alassane Ouattara (since 4 December 2010, re-elected 25 Oct 2015)
Head of government: Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan (from 14 Nov 2012)
Ruling party: Rassemblement des Républicains (RDR) (Republican Party)
Area: 322,630 square km
Population: 22.72 million (2014)*
Capital: Yamoussoukro (administrative capital); Abidjan (economic and diplomatic centre)
Official language: French
Currency: CFA franc (CFAf) = 100 centimes (Communauté Financière Africaine (African Financial Community) franc). New notes have been issued; old notes cease to be legal tender from Jan 2005.
Exchange rate: CFAf586.44 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$1,495 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 7.48% (2014)*
GDP: US$33.96 billion (2014)*
Inflation: 0.45% (2014)
Balance of trade: US$2.99 billion (2014)
* estimated figure


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