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Political rifts could undermine Ivory Coast growth

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Significance

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.

Impacts

  • 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.
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