Drive to Restore Confidence
The administration of President Alassane Ouattara has big plans for Côte d’Ivoire. The West African nation is already the second largest economy in the sub-region after Nigeria with a GDP per capita of over $1000. The administration’s aim is to set the nation on the course of becoming one of the key emerging markets by 2020 by steering it through a national development plan. But in order for this to happen, sustainable peace and security must become priorities for the investment climate to be sufficiently reassuring.
The ten point Code of Ethics adopted in 2011 by which all government ministers must abide, is aimed at restoring confidence, enunciating the value-standards that each minister will be held to. But it will take more than this good governance initiative to heal the wounds of the recent past within politics and society at large. There is still a deep sense of mistrust among the populace and the way in which the country’s leaders manage this distrust will, to a large degree, determine how events play out at the grassroots level…
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