Cote d'Ivoire Financial Services Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Insurance from The Report: Côte d’Ivoire 2019

Insurance premium rose by almost 40% be¬tween 2013 and 2017 on the back of econom¬ic expansion, and while the main actors have remained the same, the last few years have seen an influx of foreign and local players to the market. Now, new regulations – particularly min¬imum capital requirements – that will begin to be enforced in 2019 are expected to significantly change the sec¬tor’s landscape...

Côte d’Ivoire has returned to economic growth after stabilising its political situation in 2011. The economy has grown at a rate of 9% per year since 2011, in part due to the emergence of its burgeoning industrial sector. As one of the fastest-growing African economies, with an annual GDP growth rate forecast at 7-7.5% in 2019, Côte d’Ivoire is now promoting sustainable and inclusive growth.

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Articles & Analysis | An analysis of UEMOA bond market activity from The Report: Côte d’Ivoire 2019

 

UEMOA member states’ budget execution in 2017 resulted in an aggravation of budget deficits in comparison to 2016, in conjunction with increases in investment and current expenditure. In this context the UEMOA states have resorted to sovereign debt emissions to cover their resource needs. The outstanding amount of their West African CFA franc...

 

How have banks and the regional stock market responded to the tightened capital requirements?

 

The much-anticipated third board of the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) that is dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was launched in 2017. With this new compartment the aim is to provide smaller companies – which account for around 80% of the economic structure of the UEMOA – access to long-term financial...

 

The UEMOA banking system, which has experienced accelerated development over the last five years with average annual growth of 13% of the total sector balance sheet, has remained globally stable and profitable. Nonetheless, there are still pockets of vulnerability. Indeed, some banks are still undercapitalised and several small banks still do...

 

The period of easily raising funds from abroad seems to be coming to an end for emerging markets around the world. In the new environment of higher interest rates in the US and increased competition for capital flows, portfolio managers are becoming more selective with where they place their money.

 

In April 2016 the Inter-African Conference of Insurance Markets (Conférence Interafricaine des Marchés d’ Assurances, CIMA), which oversees insurance regulation in 14 African countries, including Côte d’Ivoire, adopted a major reform aimed to protect the region’s reinsurance industry. Two years on, changes appear to be paying off for local...