Canada - Côte d'Ivoire Relations

Diplomatic Relations

Canada and Côte d’Ivoire established diplomatic relations in 1962, soon after the country gained its independence in 1960. Bilateral relations between Canada and Côte d'Ivoire are close and cordial. The two countries frequently collaborate within the United Nations and La Francophonie. Côte d’Ivoire will host the VIII Francophonie Games in Abidjan, in 2017.

Canada in Côte d’Ivoire

In Côte d'Ivoire, Canada has been represented by the Embassy of Canada in Abidjan since 1970.

Côte d’Ivoire in Canada

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

Common Memberships                

Trade and Investments

Trade Relations

Canada’s commercial involvement in Côte d’Ivoire features a significant growth potential, including in aerospace, agriculture, oil and gas. In 2015, exports totaled more than $67.9 million, while imports from Côte d’Ivoire reached $303.7 million, for a total of $371.6 million. Main Canadian exports include airplanes, aerial vehicles and their pieces, cereals (mainly wheat), motor vehicles and their pieces, machinery, fertilizers and meat.  Main imports from Côte d’Ivoire include oil, cocoa, ores and concentrates, rubber and rubber products, wood and wood products and edible nuts and fruits.   

Trade Agreements

Côte d’Ivoire’s Students in Canada

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

Development and Humanitarian Assistance

In 2014-2015, total Canadian aid disbursements reached $30.52 million. The main Canadian partners involved in Côte d’Ivoire are SOCODEVI, Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education and CAPRA International Inc. The major multilateral partner for 2014-2015 was the World Food Program (WFP). See Project Browser for additional information on programming in Côte d’Ivoire. 

Other Relevant Information

May 2016

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