Canada - Côte d'Ivoire Relations

Diplomatic relations

Bilateral relations between Canada and Côte d'Ivoire are close and cordial. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1962, soon after the country gained its independence in 1960. Both countries frequently collaborate within international and multilateral bodies and organizations such as the United Nations, La Francophonie and the African Development Bank. Côte d’Ivoire will host the VIII Francophonie Games in Abidjan, in July 2017.

Canada in Côte d’Ivoire

In Côte d'Ivoire, Canada has been represented by the Embassy of Canada to Côte d’Ivoire located in Abidjan since 1970. The embassy uses Twitter and Facebook to deliver timely and reliable information about its programs, policies and latest achievements.

Côte d’Ivoire in Canada

Côte d'Ivoire has been represented in Canada by the Embassy of Côte d’Ivoire in Canada since 1972.

Common memberships

Trade and investments

Canada’s trade relations with Côte d’Ivoire feature a significant growth potential, most notably in the mining, agriculture, oil and gas sectors. In 2016, Canadian exports to Côte d’Ivoire totaled $67.3 million, while imports from Côte d’Ivoire reached $423.3 million. This is a 32% increase since last year in overall imports and exports in and out of Côte d’Ivoire. Main Canadian exports included air and motor vehicles and related parts, cereals (mainly wheat), machinery, fertilizers, electric and electronic equipment, scientific and precision instruments, and meat.  Main imports from Côte d’Ivoire included oil, cocoa, rubber and rubber products, fruits and nuts, wood and wood products, edible nuts and fruits, and canned goods (fruits and vegetables).   

Trade agreements

Côte d’Ivoire’s students in Canada

In 2015, 1,054 Ivorian students had a valid permit to study in Canada.

The Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program has provided scholarships to 114 citizens of Côte d'Ivoire since 1987. This program, which is fully funded by the Government of Canada, provides postgraduate scholarships to professionals working in one of the 37 developing countries that are members of La Francophonie.

Development assistance                      

In 2015-2016, total Canadian official development assistance for Côte d’Ivoire was $24.94 million. The main Canadian partners currently active in Côte d’Ivoire are Effect hope, Lawyers without borders, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Desjardins International Development, and the Canadian Executive Service Organization. The major multilateral partners are the United Nations Development Program, the African Development Bank and UNICEF. Consult the Project Browser for additional information on development programming in Côte d’Ivoire. 

Other relevant information

May 2017 


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