Ivory Coast’s old divisions threaten its economic future

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara faces enduring turmoil and threats (photo: dpa)
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara faces enduring turmoil and threats (photo: dpa)

Rich natural resources and a strategically important regional position in West Africa offer opportunity for foreign investors in Ivory Coast. But these economic prospects are endangered by a north-south division along racial and religious lines which has led to two civil wars and continuing instability and threats to security.

<i>Ivory Coast has been plagued by unrest and security challenges for decades. These peaked in 2002 with civil war. The highly contested 2010 presidential election reopened old ethnic, land, security and identity problems and triggered another devastating conflict which had a big impact on the economy of what was once West Africa’s leading agro-industrial ...

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