UK-Côte d’Ivoire Trade & Investment Forum

15th September 2017, Central London


A senior government delegation will attend the UK-Côte d’Ivoire Trade & Investment Forum to showcase the many investment opportunities that Côte d’Ivoire can offer international investors. This invitation-only event will profile the Ivoirian economy, providing a unique opportunity for delegates to engage with ministers and senior government officials.

Côte d'Ivoire, with its growing economy and stable political environment, now ranks as one of Africa’s best bet for existing and potential investors. Already known as the world’s largest cocoa producer and the world’s third largest coffee producer, the country boast a wealth of natural resources as well vast potential in areas such as the extractives industries. And with its strategic position and reliable infrastructure, Côte d’Ivoire has become the preferred gateway to landlocked countries in the region.

DMA was privileged to host the Government of Côte d’Ivoire for the first UK-Côte d’Ivoire Trade & Investment Forum in 2013, and the follow-up successful trade mission to Abidjan in 2015 and we look forward to a similarly successful Forum in September 2017.



0830-0930: Registration & Refreshments

0930-0950: Welcome
•    Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, DMA
•    HMA Josephine Gauld, British Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire
•    HE Georges Aboua, Ivoirian Ambassador to the UK

0950-1010: Keynote Address
•    HE Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ivory Coast
•    UK Government representative

1010-1130: Session 1 –Economic Overview
Chair: Sir Henry Bellingham MP,
Former Minister for Africa 
•    Hon Adama Kone, Minister of Economy and Finance
•    Tiémoko Meyliet Kone, Governor, Central Bank of West African States
•    Private Sector x2
Q&A Session
1130-1200: Refreshments Break

1200-1330: Session 2 – Investing in Energy & Extractives
Chair: Rt Hon The Lord Hain,
Former British Cabinet Member & MP
•    Hon Jean Claude Brou, Minister of Industry and Mines
•    HonThierry Tanoh, Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy Development
•    Cassandra Colbert, Country Manager, IFC
•    Private Sector x2
Q&A Session

1330-1430: Networking Lunch

1430-1615: Session 3 –  Investing in Key Sectors: Agriculture & Manufacturing
Chair: TBC
•    Hon Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly,
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
•    Clyde Morgan, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Godiva Chocolatier
•    Private Sector x3
Q&A Session

1615-1630: Closing Remarks
•    Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, DMA
•    HE Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ivory Coast

1630-1800: Gala Drinks Reception - Sponsored by BACB