A Conversation with the President of Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara and Kristalina Georgieva

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    Did you know that the IMF’s African Department was created 60 years ago, on May 1, 1961? To commemorate this anniversary, President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire will join Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva for a conversation on Monday, May 10, 2021.

    President Ouattara, who is also a former Director of the African Department, and IMF Deputy Managing Director, will share his remarks on how the IMF and Africa have changed. He will also discuss how to set the stage for sub-Saharan Africa’s post-pandemic recovery.

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    In This Story: Cote D'Ivoire

    Ivory Coast, also known as Côte d’Ivoire, officially the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, is a country located on the south coast of West Africa. Ivory Coast’s political capital is Yamoussoukro in the center of the country, while its economic capital and largest city is the port city of Abidjan.

    It borders Guinea to the northwest, Liberia to the west, Mali to the northwest, Burkina Faso to the northeast, Ghana to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) to the south.

    The official language of the republic is French, with local indigenous languages also being widely used that include Baoulé, Dioula, Dan, Anyin, and Cebaara Senufo. In total, there are around 78 different languages spoken in Ivory Coast. The country has large populations of adherents of Christianity, Islam and various indigenous religions.

    Before its colonization by Europeans, Ivory Coast was home to several states, including Gyaaman, the Kong Empire and Baoulé. The area became a protectorate of France in 1843 and achieved independence in 1960.

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