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FAST FACTS AFRICA: Côte d’Ivoire
July 15, 2014 - 16:12 GMT
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
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