Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Population: 26,260,582 (July 2018 est.)
GDP: 40.39 Billion USD (2017)
Total Area: 322,463 sq km
Agriculture Land: 64.8% (2011 est.)
Forest: 32.7% (2011 est.)

Côte d’Ivoire—the world’s largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans and cashew nuts and a significant producer of coffee, palm oil and rubber—has enjoyed remarkable economic success since 2012 and is a major economic power in the West African subregion. Côte d’Ivoire has maintained relative stability since the end of the 2010-2011 post-electoral war. The economy has expanded by an average of 8% per year since the end of the political crisis in 2011, which makes Côte d’Ivoire one of the fastest growing countries in the world during this period. The country’s GDP growth has gradually declined from 10.1% in 2012 to 7.7% in 2017 and is estimated at 7.4% in 2018 and 2019. Real GDP growth could remain above 7.0% during 2020-2021 assuming good...

Natural Rubber

Hevea Brasiliensis was trialled in Côte d’Ivoire in the 40’s but cultivation was undertaken in 1953 by Compagnie Française de Caoutchouc d’Extrême-Orient et d’Afrique and Société Africaine de Plantation d’Hévéa (S.A.P.H) a year later.

Following its independence in 1960, Côte d’Ivoire has developed the natural rubber sector through the following actions:

  • acquisition of an important stake in S.A.P.H.
  • establishing the agro-industrial complex of Grand-Béréby (S.O.G.B.) in 1966
  • encouraging the creation of new village plantations in Bonoua, Grand-Bereby, Dabou and Bettié between 1980 and 1985 and Gagnoa and Daoukro in the late 90’s (all areas located in the southern part of the country).

The liberalisation of the sector took place in 1994 and was followed by a restructuring period which ended in 2001, against a backdrop of falling world market prices.

Fortunately, a five-year long campaign to promote village plantations and an intense promotion of the sector between 2008 and 2012 lead to a revitalization of the natural rubber sector, mainly under the authority of the Government and the Association of rubber professionals (Association des Professionnels du Caoutchouc Naturel-APROMAC). A recent reform aims to further stabilize the sector.

Natural rubber competes with other cash crops such as cocoa...

Synthetic Rubber

Currently there is no production of synthetic rubber in Côte d’Ivoire.

Government & Other Agencies

Ministère de l’Agriculture et du Développement Rural
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Immeuble Caistab 24e et 25e étage
01 BPV 82 Abidjan 01 Cote d’Ivoire
Tel: +225 20 21 42 38 / +225 20 22 81 35

Ministère du Commerce, de l’Artisanat et de Promotion des PME
Ministry of Trade
Immeuble Alpha 2000 23e étage Plateau
BPV 142/143 Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire
Tel: +225 20 22 95 28
Fax: +225 20 21 91 72
Représentation Permanente de Côte d’Ivoire (REPERCI)
33 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PW
Tel: +44 (20) 27 46 20 086
Fax: +44 (20) 74 62 00 87

Cocody II Plateaux, Voie de la 7e Tranche Rue 147
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Tel: +225 224 146 16
Fax: +225 224 191 56
Fonds Interprofessionnel pour la Recherche et le Conseil Agricole (FIRCA)
Fund for Agricultural Research and Advice
Rue L 133-Angre 7e Tranche
Cocody 01 BP 3726 Abidjan 01
Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire
Tel :+225 22 52 81 81 
Fax :+225 22 528187
Site :

Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA)
National Center for Agronomic Research 
Km 17 Route de Dabou
01 BP 1740 Abidjan
Côte d’Ivoire
Tel: +225 23 47 24 24
Fax: +225 23 47 24 11

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Côte d’Ivoire will be among the fastest growing economy in 2020
Recent economic forecast released by the main international agencies indicates Côte d’Ivoire  as one of the fastest growing economies in 2020.   The World Bank is projecting a 7 per cent economic growth for Côte d’Ivoire this year. Meanwhile, the U.N., in its annual reports "World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020", puts Côte d’Ivoire among the African countries that will achieve economic growth of at least 5% this year. According to...
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Ivory Coast's rubber output jumps 25% in 2019
ABIDJAN — Ivory Coast’s rubber output rose by a quarter in 2019 to 780,000 tonnes and is expected to reach 850,000 tonnes this year as new plantations have started producing, the head of the country’s natural rubber association (APROMAC) said. Ivory Coast is Africa’s top natural rubber exporter and the seventh largest producer in the world. New plantations have proliferated as farmers switch from cocoa to rubber in search of...
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Cote d'Ivoire leaders participated in the IAP Meeting in Brussels
Cote d'Ivoire, Africa's leader in Natural Rubber, participated on Friday, November 15, 2019 (Brussels) in the Meeting of the Rubber Industry Advisory Panel (IAP), a subsidiary body of the International Rubber Study Group. (IRSG). The Ivory Coast was represented by Ambassadors Aly TOURE (Permanent Representative of the Ivory Coast in London) and Abou DOSSO (Head of Mission of the Ivory Coast to the European Union) at this important meeting with...