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The Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) of UEMOA, which includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo, began its activities in 1998 with 35 listed shares. The exchange has since grown considerably – by the end of 2021 it had 46 securities, 35 of which were issued by Ivorian companies; and 123 bond lines, 94 of which were...

In 2021 the global economy was marked by an exacerbation of market supply difficulties, in line with the persistent impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In this context, crude oil prices on international markets jumped by 49.8% in one year in US dollar terms. Over the same period, agricultural producer prices increased by 17.6% compared to 2020. For the main commodities exported...

Economic activity in UEMOA strengthened in 2021, resulting in 6.1% estimated growth in GDP after a sharp slowdown in 2020 due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Economic stimulus measures implemented by member states and the accommodative monetary policy maintained by the Central Bank of West African States (Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, BCEAO) were...

Headquartered in Abidjan, the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) is the regional stock exchange that serves the capital markets of the eight members of UEMOA. The BRVM has experienced turbulent periods of growth and decline over its 25 years of existence. During the period that coincided with the civil and political unrest in Côte d’Ivoire, the BRVM showed limited...

The regulatory landscape for Gulf financial service providers is changing, with growing awareness of the need for banking institutions to adopt sustainable finance frameworks and responsible lending and operational practices in order to manage risk and attract international investment.

Chapter | Insurance from The Report: Cote d'Ivoire 2022

Although the country’s insurance sector is progressing each year and has a substantial direct and indirect impact on the economy and job creation, the penetration rate – measured as premium relative to GDP – remains low. The factors contributing to the low penetration rate include a lack of public awareness and education about the industry as a whole. However, new opportunities are expected to...

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