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FAST FACTS AFRICA: Côte d’Ivoire

July 15, 2014 - 16:12 GMT Location: Johannesburg

Côte d’Ivoire, or Ivory Coast, is in West Africa and borders Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana, with the Gulf of Guinea to the south. Gold is the main focus for mining, but the country has undeveloped potential in iron ore, bauxite, nickel, cobalt, copper, manganese and tantalite.

The country has an area of 322,462 sq km. The population is estimated to be about 22.4 million, and French is the official language. The former French colony was in the grip of civil wars for a large part of the start of the 21st century. However, since the end of 2011, the country has enjoyed relative peace again and has been rebuilding. Côte d’Ivoire is the largest exporter of cocoa beans, and the fourth largest exporter of general goods, in Sub-Saharan Africa. GDP growth forecast Côte d’Ivoire is expected to have a robust 9.1% real GDP growth in 2014, compared with 8.8% in 2013, according to the African Economic Outlook 2014. Improved political stability, and public and private investments have been driving growth in the country. Gold production...

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