Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Strong GDP growth projections (8.5% in 2015, according to the World Bank) and positive sentiment towards President Alassane Ouattara's pro-business government will ensure strong demand, though this confidence may soon diminish.
- Ivory Coast's decision to close its borders during the Ebola crisis could undermine its regional leadership ambitions.
- This will be further complicated by its provision of refuge for ousted Burkina Faso leader Blaise Compaore who may face extradition.
- Abidjan's role as a coastal supply base for French troops in the region means Ivory Coast's strategic importance to France will persist.