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Bilateral brief: India-Cote d’Ivoire

Political:

India and Côte d'Ivoire have traditionally enjoyed cordial and friendly relations. India established its Embassy in Abidjan in 1979 and Cote d'Ivoire opened its Resident Mission in New Delhi in September 2004.

2.       India and Cote d’Ivoire share an extraordinary convergence of values and aspirations. India and Cote d’Ivoire have been working together on matters of shared interests and concerns, on issues such as, sustainable development, climate change, international terrorism and disarmament. Cote d’Ivoire has also been appreciative of India’s role in United Nations Peacekeeping operations, particularly in UN Peacekeeping Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which has completed its mandate.

3.       Cote d’Ivoire, since 2011, by declaring India as the focus country for cooperation in the fields of ICT, Agriculture, Mining and Infrastructure has emphasized on the importance of strengthening relations with India. India, too has given renewed thrust to bilateral relations with Cote d’Ivoire in the recent years.

 

Visits:

4.       The close and friendly relations that exist between India and Cote d’Ivoire are manifested in regular bilateral visits at the highest level:

 

2018

 

-Cote d’Ivoire Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy, HE Excellency Theirry Tanoh Visited India in October 2018 to attend ISA Annual Meeting in Delhi

- Vice President of Cote d’Ivoire H.E Daniel Kablan Duncan visited India from 10-11 March to participate at the ISA Founding Conference.

-MoS External Affairs Mr M.J. Akbar paid a bilateral visit to Cote d’Ivoire from February 28 -March 1, 2018.

2017

-Visit of Vice President of Cote d’Ivoire Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan to India from 22-25 May 2017 to participate in the 54th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) held in Ahmadabad.

2016

 

-Honorable Rashtrapathi ji Shri. Pranab Mukherjee visited Cote d’Ivoire in June 2016. This was the first bilateral visit at the level of Head of the State.

-Visit of Minister for Digital Economy and Post Mr. Bruno Nabagné Koné in October 2016 to participate in World Economic Forum meeting.

-The First Joint Commission Meeting held in October 2016 in New Delhi. (The Ivorian delegation was led by Foreign Minister Mr. Albert Abdullah Mbari)

2015

 

-Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Shri Ram Kripal Yadav visited Abidjan from 13-16 July 2015 as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to personally handover the invitation for the third India Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi.

-Visit of Minister for Mines and Industry Mr. Brou Kassi Jean Claude to New Delhi to participate in the IAFS-III in October 2015.

2014

 

-MOS External Affairs Mrs. Preneet Kaur visited Abidjan from 22-24 January 2014.

-Cote d’Ivoire’s Prime Minister Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan accompanied by Ministers of Trade and Mines & Industry visited India from 3-7 November 2014 to participate in India Economic Summit in New Delhi.

2013

-Prime Minister Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan visited India from 17-19 March 2013 and addressed the 9th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave.

 

Trade and Commerce:

5. Total bilateral trade figures data during the last five years are as follows:

 

Year

Exports

Imports

Total(in million US$)

2013-14

298.95

298.40

597.35

2014-15

309.75

532.10

841.85

2015-16

397.27

572.48

969.75

2016-17

418.66

455.81

874.47

2017-18

511.75

441.70

953.45

 

(Data Source: MOC, GOI)

6. India imports cashew, manganese ore, cotton, wood, scrap metals, rubber, etc. CI is the largest exporter of cashew in the world and India imports big chunk of Ivorian cashew. The main items of India's export are rice, pharmaceutical products, Automobiles, machinery, chemicals, plastics and rubber.

Indian Investment in Cote d’Ivoire:

7. Indian investments FDI into Cote d’Ivoire (1 January to end November 2018) stood at USD 5.6 million representing 0.9% of total FDI inflow into the country. Many Indian pharmaceutical companies have their operations in Cote d’Ivoire. Few Indian companies have set up manufacturing & assembling facilities while few companies have invested in mining sector. There are a large number of Indian companies – small and medium size – involved in trading commodities. . Embassy in Abidjan organized a highly successful India-Cote d’Ivoire Business Forum in December 2018 with an objective to enhance bilateral Trade & Investments.

Projects Exports:

8.       Bilateral ties have been strengthened by the expanding South-South Cooperation between the two countries. India extended a grant of US$ 790,000/- for establishment of the Centre for Demonstration and Promotion of Technologies (CDT) in Abidjan in 2007-10. Tata Automobiles have presence in Cote d’Ivoire and had supplied 500 buses to Abidjan Transport Authority under India’s Buyers Credit of USD 78 million USD. Ashok Leyland opened its regional office in December 2017 in Abidjan and is executing a project under India’s Buyers Credit of USD 199 million with Fund for Development of Transport Routes (FDTR), an organization under the Ivorian Ministry of Transport.

Capacity Building and Human Resource Development:

9.       India has been providing training slots to Cote d’Ivoire under ITEC Programme, 80 in the year 2016-17 which has been enhanced to 100 slots. ICCR also extended 11 paid scholarships to Ivorian to pursue undergraduate and post graduate studies in India. Apart from this, several Ivorian students have also undergone training courses under the IAFS mechanism. Under the PAN African e-Network Project of IAFS many Ivorian students have pursued higher studies through distant learning faculties at the University of Cocody. A tele-medical consultation facility with prominent hospitals in India has been established at Yopougon Hospital in Abidjan. GOI has offered the service of the upgraded programme of e-VBAB. India is also an important learning center for Ivorian students, particularly for ICT studies besides Commerce and Management degrees.

  

Culture:

10.       Indian tele-serials and movies, dubbed in French, have been immensely popular in CI since 1950s. Senior Ivorian citizens recall watching movies such as ‘Albela’ and ‘Mangala’ in Abidjan movie theatres in 1950s. Yoga is also popular among Ivoirians. Under Festival of India in Cote d’Ivoire, the Embassy of India organized several cultural performances in Abidjan and other cities in 2017-18. Embassy of India in December 2018 organized an Indian Film Festival where 12 Bollywood popular movies with French subtitles were screened.

Indian Community:

11.     There are estimated over 1500 Indian nationals residing in CI. Most of them are engaged in trading and general merchandise business while few of them are engaged in mining and manufacturing. There are also many Indians working with African Development Bank. ISKCON, Geeta Ashram and Art of Living have their setup in Abidjan. Indian community also patronizes a temple in Abidjan. There are three Indian restaurants in Abidjan. Community members regularly organized get together to celebrate all major Indian festivals.

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(last updated 23 April 2019)