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BRVM update and other economic notes

Twelve months ago, I announced the end to my series of annual posts focusing on investments on the Abidjan-based stock exchange. The posts seemed to be getting very similar – double digit growth reported, all in the (relative) safety of … Continue reading

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My ex-neighbourhood – Cocody Danga

Last month I spent just over two weeks in Abidjan for the happy arrival of our new son Joshua. I hope to pen a few blog posts from the visit, but as a start, let me try and ramble a … Continue reading

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Deja vu: And if the cocoa price dropped?

A thumb sketch of Ivorian economic history from independence goes like this: a major cocoa farmer becomes president, encourages the development of the sector by opening up new land and encouraging farmers to cut down the forests to become productive. … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast economic round up 3/2012

I’ve been a bit late with this one, but here’s the weekly round-up of economic news. – a couple of rankings, neither particularly complementary. According to the Fund For Peace’s Failed State index, Ivory Coast comes in at 11th from … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast economic round up 2/2012

Here’s the second in my new weekly economic round-ups. – Few doubts about the major economic story of the week – Ivory Coast became the 33rd country to achieve the IMF/World Bank’s HIPC achievement point which means a huge swathe … Continue reading

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Idea for the weekend IV

It’s been a while since I last added something to this series (and it’s not even the weekend), but here are a few things off the top of my head; – the¬†baccalaureate¬†exams are approaching as I know too well in … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast economic round up 1/2012

There’s an interesting debate in Ivory Coast – is the country currently well down the road to once again becoming a beacon of economic growth in the region or is the hype all a smoke-and-mirrors affair? It’s a question we’ve … Continue reading

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The view from the ground

It’s always interesting talking to businessmen in Abidjan because you tend to know where they’re coming from. They’re generally not trying to grind political axes (especially the foreigners) and they tend to have access to really authentic information from the … Continue reading

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