Côte d’Ivoire confirms its ambitions in the automotive field. On the occasion of Alassane Ouattara’s last trip to South Africa in July, the Ivorian government concluded two important agreements: one with the Association of South African Builders and the other with the firm B&M Analysts, specialized in consulting for the development of industrial sectors.
For Côte d’Ivoire, it is a question of drawing inspiration from the mechanisms that have enabled South Africa’s success in this sector to develop its future industrial zone dedicated to the design and assembly of vehicles. The South African cabinet will launch a study this September to draw up a white paper, and, from November 2022, the government is planning a round table of car manufacturers in Abidjan. The objective of the country’s authorities is to set up a “coherent and competitive” ecosystem, we are told from sources governmental.
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It must be said that the Ivorian automotive market is one of the most dynamic in the West African region, with more than 20,000 new vehicles sold in 2021, an increase of 17% over one year. And over the first six months of this year, 11,687 cars were sold, according to statistics from the interprofessional grouping of automobiles, materials and equipment manufacturers (Gipame). Among the brands most distributed by dealers in the country: Renault, Peugeot, Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, Suzuki and Kia.