Trade and Investment Mission to Côte d'Ivoire

Trade and Investment Mission to Côte d'Ivoire


On Monday 6th February 2023, 22 companies joined DMA and the British Embassy in Abidjan for the UK-Francophone West and Central Africa Trade and Investment Mission to Abidjan. This mission included B2Bs at the Ivorian Chamber of Commerce, site visits and very valuable engagement with Hon Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Hon Mr Patrick Achi, Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire.

Very many thanks for mission sponsors Axendo, ERG, Intertek and Planet One. Also, mission supporters the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, the British Embassy in Abidjan, DIT Africa, UKEF and the Government of Cote d’Ivoire for their incredible support. 


DAY 1 - Monday 6th February. Venue: CGECI

08:00 - 09:50: Registration & Refreshments

10:00 - 10:25: Welcome & Opening Remarks  

  • Mr Faman Touré, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Côte d’Ivoire
  • HE Sara Amani, Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to Great Britain
  • HE Catherine Brooker, HM Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire
  • Michele Dee, Regional Head Africa, UKEF
  • HE Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Trade, Industry and SME Promotion (MCIPPME)

10:30 - 10:45: Coffee Break  

10:45 -11:45: High-Level Roundtable on Investment Opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire

Moderator: Linda Aphing-Kouassi, CEO, Kaizene

  • Minister of Commerce, Industry & Promotion of SMEs
  • Minister of Construction, Housing & Urban Development
  • Minister of Livestock & Fisheries

Q&A Session

12:00 - 13:00: The Private Sector View

Moderator: Name TBC, Chamber of Commerce

  • Thierry Metzger, Director for Africa, Intertek Government & Trade Services
  • Marieme Camara, Head of Africa, Axendo
  • APBEF representative
  • CGECI representative

Q&A Session 

13:00 – 14:00: Networking Lunch

15:00 - 17:00: Meeting with the Prime Minister

DAY 2 – Tuesday 7th February

Morning - Sectoral Meetings with Ministeries

12:15 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 16:00: Group 1  Visit to the Industrial Park PK 24

14:30 – 17:00  Group 2 Visit to Callivoire, presentation by local agribusiness SMEs & bilaterals

19:00 - 21:00: VIP Reception hosted at the Residence of the British Ambassador