This chapter includes the following articles.
Although economic growth has been slowing since 2016, the outlook remains bright, with the IMF forecasting an annual expansion of at least 6.5% through to 2023. However, there are still challenges that need to be overcome. The country remains highly vulnerable to external shocks, especially the fluctuation of commodity prices. Economic expansion has been greatly supported by the state, but the government is expected to curtail public spending in the coming years to narrow its fiscal deficit, as agreed with the IMF. Despite rising investment, private sector con-tributions remain weak, meaning further efforts are needed to improve governance, tackle corruption and cement the rule of law. This chapter contains interviews with Adama Koné, Minister of Economy and Finance; Emmanuel Esmel Essis, Director, Investment Promotion Agency; Jean-Marie Ackah, President, General Confederation of Businesses of Côte d’Ivoire; and a viewpoint with Abdallah Boureima, President, UEMOA Commission.