President Ramaphosa to host Côte d’Ivoire President Ouattara on a State Visit to South Africa
President Cyril Ramaphosa will host his Federal Republic of Côte d’Ivoire counterpart, President Alassane Ouattara for a State Visit to South Africa on Friday, 22 July 2022.
This will be President Ouattara’s reciprocal visit to South Africa following President Ramaphosa’s successful State Visit to Côte d’Ivoire in December 2021.
President Ramaphosa and President Ouattara are expected to hold bilateral discussions, witness the signing of a number of agreements and address a South Africa - Côte d’Ivoire Business Forum.
South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire enjoy close political, economic, social and cultural ties.
In statement issued by the Presidency is says Bilateral relations between the two countries are managed through the Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC), established in December 2015, as a structured bilateral mechanism to facilitate political, economic, social, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation between the two countries.
"Since the establishment of the JCC nine (9) Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and Agreements have been signed between the two countries in sectors such as Agriculture, Mining, Transport, Telecommunications and Defence. During the State Visit the two countries aim to sign additional agreements to further strengthen bilateral relations" says the statement.
"The bilateral trade between South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire remains on an upward trajectory. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, total trade between the two countries increased from R1, 3 billion in 2019 to R2.0 billion in 2021. This represented an increase of about R774 millions of total trade between the two countries" it concluded.
The portfolio of South Africa’s investments in Cote d’Ivoire is also increasing rapidly. Among others, the following South African companies are invested in Côte d’Ivoire:
- Standard bank
- Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)