As the Honorary consul of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire in Los Angeles, it is my pleasure to share with you the growing potential for closer trade and investment relations between the United States and the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast in English).
As a leader in the private sector for long years. I have had the possibility to evaluate investment opportunities in the United States and in the Ivory Coast. My business experience allows me to better understand the concerns and incentives for everyone who represents businesses in the United States and in the Ivory Coast and willing to seize existing business opportunities in both nations.
There are excellent business investment opportunities in the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. There are great human and natural resources, enthusiastic and ambitious entrepreneurs, dedicated workers, and large untapped markets. Ivorian are great achievers, who are performing value-adding work at world-competitive levels, and in all industries.
The Ivory Coast is positioning itself today as a nation where private enterprise is viewed as the engine for attaining greater freedom and prosperity. The Ivorian government is setting an emphasis on encouraging economic freedom, enforcing contracts, protecting property rights and investments, and is investing in human capital.
The principal U.S. exports to Cote d’Ivoire are rice and wheat, plastic materials and resins, Kraft paper, agricultural chemicals, telecommunications, and oil and gas equipment. The U.S essentially imports cocoa and cocoa products, petroleum, rubber, and coffee from Cote d’Ivoire.
We live in a global world, where cross-border economic, social and technological exchange occurs at an increasingly rapid rate. The U.S. is a major business partner for the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. My vision is to provide information and guidance to U.S. businesses wanting to invest in the Ivory Coast. It is also to encourage Ivorian businesses to develop long-term economic partnerships with U.S. businesses here in the U.S. and more specifically in California, the 10th largest world economy in 2005.
The Honorary Consulate staff members and I are looking forward to assisting you and working with you.
Honorary Consul of Cote d’Ivoire