Ivory Coast’s recovery looks fragile

Women at outdoor market in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Twenty kilometers of open markets stretching from Abidjan to Grand Bassam show how much entrepreneurial spirit resides in Ivory Coast’s informal sector (source: dpa)
  • President Alassane Ouattara’s rule has renewed hopes of Ivorian economic miracle
  • However, recovery has not trickled down to the masses and still depends on cocoa exports
  • The armed forces remain unreliable and pose a threat of internal disorder

Ivory Coast appears to have emerged from years of economic and political crisis, but recent mutinies in the army and street protests by angry cocoa producers serve as a reminder that its recovery is far from complete. Behind the encouraging growth figures, West Africa’s third-largest economy still faces serious hurdles.

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