The two countries ignored each other for a long time. Distance, language and complicated political situations. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki knew Côte d’Ivoire above all for having been a mediator in the political crises between 2004 and 2006 and then in 2010. The same experience for Jacob Zuma, his successor, sent to Abidjan in 2011 with other African heads of state pour try to find a solution.
The coming to power of Alassane Ouattara in 2011 and his maintenance changed the situation. “The mandates of Alassane Ouattara have really brought stability. It is this context in Côte d’Ivoire that now allows us to build a stronger relationship,” confirms Naledi Pandor, Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomed the reconciliation efforts led by Alassane Ouattara through the meeting organized with the two former presidents Laurent Gbagbo and Henri Konan Bédié, on July 14. “We think this is a very positive gesture that will help build the Ivorian nation,” said Cyril Ramaphosa. As you remember, africa du Sud has played a crucial role in ensuring that there is peace in Côte d’Ivoire, so we feel invested as a nation in ensuring that peace and social cohesion prevail in Côte d’Ivoire. »
Cyril Ramaphosa: family, financiers, political allies… The network of the South African president
The two countries launched the foundations for an overhaul of their relations in December 2021. On a state visit to Abidjan from December 1 to 3, Cyril Ramaphosa was the first South African president to visit Côte d’Ivoire since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992. Ramaphosa came with 170 businessmen, determined to conquer new markets. Banks, telecoms, television: the largest South African groups have already set foot in Côte of ivory.