More information about Cote d’Ivoire is available on the Cote d’Ivoire Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
U.S.-CÔTE D’IVOIRE RELATIONS
The United States established diplomatic relations with Côte d’Ivoire (then called Ivory Coast) in 1960, following Côte d’Ivoire’s independence from France. U.S.-Ivoirian relations are friendly and cooperative. The United States joins the international community in encouraging Côte d’Ivoire to cement its post-conflict progress through respect for democratic norms; transparent and inclusive political processes and economic growth; equal access to socio-economic services and development resources; and, equitable treatment of all Ivoirians regardless of their political affiliations. If fully realized, these achievements will further strengthen Côte d’Ivoire’s position as a driver of regional economic growth and a pillar of security in a region facing numerous extremist and other transnational threats.
U.S. Assistance to Côte d’Ivoire
The United States envisions a peaceful, productive, and prosperous Côte d’Ivoire that can partner with the United States on a wide array of strategic goals. U.S. bilateral assistance is accordingly geared toward four main priorities, including: strengthening democracy and governance; expanding economic opportunities; advancing security sector reform, and; improving health care systems and outcomes. At the programmatic level, this entails: promoting diverse, inclusive, and continuous participation in the democratic process; strengthening capacity of governmental institutions, civil society, and the media to play their respective roles in improving governance and/or service delivery; promoting respect for the rule of law; building the capacity of Ivoirian security forces to defend the country, counter violent extremism, and protect the population in accordance with international human rights norms; encouraging responsible fiscal, budget, and tax policy; addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic through expanded access to prevention, care, and treatment services; and as combatting malaria and strengthening family planning and maternal child health services. Through the Global Health Security Agenda, U.S. support is strengthening Cote d’Ivoire’s preparedness for and management of epidemic threats, including SARS-CoV-2, polio, and influenza. The United States is also expanding the supply of and access to affordable and reliable grid-connected electricity services and increasing private sector competitiveness and the ability of Ivorian businesses to scale-up their activities to meet international business standards.
Additionally, in August 2019, a five-year U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact with Côte d’Ivoire entered into force. Through that $524.7 million Compact, the United States is facilitating the cost effective movement of people, goods, and services in and around the Port of Abidjan, as well as developing Ivoirian human capital through improved secondary education and vocational training, particularly for Ivoirian women and girls.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Côte d’Ivoire is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. U.S. exports to Côte d’Ivoire include plastics, machinery, mineral fuels, agricultural products, vehicles, iron and steel products, and pharmaceuticals. The United States imports Ivoirian cocoa, oil, rubber, wood, and cashew nuts. U.S. firms have historically and continue to invest significantly in Ivoirian energy, agriculture, healthcare, food and beverage, and information technology services. The United States has a trade and investment framework agreement with the West African Economic and Monetary Union, of which Côte d’Ivoire is a member.
Côte d’Ivoire’s Membership in International Organizations
Côte d’Ivoire and the United States welcome Ivoirian partnership in a variety of international fora, including the United Nations and its various technical bodies, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. In October 2019, Côte d’Ivoire was elected to a three-year term on the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Member Governing Council. Côte d’Ivoire was elected to a three-year term on the UN Human Rights Council in September 2020, after concluding a term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in December 2019.
The U.S. Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire is Richard K. Bell (in place since September 2019); other senior embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Côte d’Ivoire maintains an embassy in the United States at 2424 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007; tel: 202-797-0300.
More information about Côte d’Ivoire is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Country Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics (see Ivory Coast)
Export.gov International Offices Page
Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Page
Millennium Challenge Corporation: Côte d’Ivoire
Library of Congress Country Studies (see Ivory Coast)