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Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire | Flag of cote d'Ivoire | Political map of cote d'Ivoire

Located in the West Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, thanks to cocoa production and influx of foreign investment, is the most prosperous of the tropical West African states. The country declared its independence from France in 1960. However, of late, political turmoil and instability has undermined the economic development. The year 1999 witnessed the first ever military coup in the history of the country when Junta leader Robert Guei overthrew the government and came out as a winner in the 2000 elections that were rigged blatantly.

However he gave way to popular protest and abdicated power. This resulted in the ascendancy of Laurent Gbagbo into power. In September 2002 a failed coup attempt was made by Ivorian dissidents and disgruntled members of the military junta. Linas-Marcoussis Peace Accord is being implemented by Gbagbo, but many issues still remain unresolved. The northern regions are still outside the control of the central government. The country is full of French and West African soldiers stationed there helping in the peace process and facilitating the rehabilitation process.

Travel overview
Boasting of a sound economy, Cote d'Ivoire has emerged as a favourite travel destination. Famous for its art, the country has many attractions including the stunning church the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix patterned on St Peter's Church at the Vatican City. For wildlife lovers, the country offers the Parc National de la Comoe that is inhabited by hippos, monkeys, elephants and antelopes. The region of Grand Bassam boasts some great beaches that add to the country’s charm.
Unfortunately, the ongoing civil war between the government and rebel forces makes Cote d'Ivoire a travel destination that should be cautiously enjoyed.
Capital: Yamoussoukro
Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia
Climate: tropical, semiarid, hot and dry

Total Area: 322,460 sq km
Total Population: 18,013,409
Population Growth Rate: 1.995%
Sex Ratio: 0.994 male(s)/female
Literacy: 50.9%
Ethnic Groups: Akan, Voltaiques, Gur, Northern Mandes, Krous, Southern Mandes, Lebanese and French
Irrigated land: 730 sq km
Languages: French, Dioula
Time Zone: UTC 0
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF)

Neighbouring countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali
Type of govt.: republic
Head of Govt.: Prime Minister Guillaume SORO
Major Political Parties: Citizen's Democratic Union or UDCY, Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire-African Democratic Rally or PDCI-RDA , Ivorian Popular Front or FPI , Ivorian Worker's Party or PIT , Opposition Movement of the Future or MFA , Rally of the Republicans or RDR, Union for Democracy and Peace in Cote d'Ivoire or UDPCI

Participation in International Organizations: ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AU, ECOWAS, Entente, FAO, FZ, G-24, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, NAM, OIC, OIF, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WADB (regional), WAEMU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
Major Agricultural Products: coffee, cocoa beans, bananas, palm kernels, corn, rice, manioc (tapioca), sweet potatoes, sugar, cotton, rubber; timber
Natural Resources & Minerals: petroleum, natural gas, diamonds, manganese, iron ore, cobalt, bauxite, copper, gold, nickel, tantalum, silica sand, clay, cocoa beans, coffee, palm oil, hydropower.
Industry & Transport: foodstuffs, beverages; wood products, oil refining, truck and bus assembly, textiles, fertilizer, building materials, electricity, ship construction and repair

Airports: 35
Railways: 660 km
80,000 km
Waterways: 980 km
Major Trade Partners: France , US , Netherlands , Nigeria , Panama and Singapore
Exports: $7.832 billion
Imports: $5.548 billion

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