Ivory Coast: A Bright Future

04/07/2012 Barcelona


"Ivory Coast's future is bright," said Odette N’Guessan, the country's ambassador in Spain, who highlighted the positive investment climate of the country during a special session with participants in the Advanced Management Program 2012 program led by MDE Business School.

Favorable business conditions, raw materials and a new government that is open to foreign investment are factors setting the stage for economic growth in Ivory Coast, she said.
The session, which also included the participation of invited business leaders, formed part of the AMP - a high-level program for senior executives. The  program featured a module this week on IESE's campus in Barcelona.
The program brought together around 40 business leaders from Ivory Coast for a week of intensive learning. Classes were taught in French by IESE professors Jaume LlopisXavier SantomáAlfredo PastorYih-teen Lee and Franz Heukamp.
MDE is among five schools that IESE has helped create and support through its Africa Initiative, which is directed by IESE Prof. Lluís Renart. "IESE's mission is to create leaders that can make a positive impact on society. The agreement with MDE demonstrates our commitment to this goal, not only at home but also in emerging countries," he said.
Also during the session, Lakoun Ouattara, general manager of the association CGECI, provided a comprehensive view of Ivory Coast's economy, highlighting the country's vast natural resources and high quality infrastructure. An openness to outside investment, high growth rates and ambitious development plans are also positive features.
Participants have given high marks to the 2012 AMP Ivory Coast program. Nazaire Gounongbe, secretary general of the agricultural firm SIFCA, noted the value of "rethinking strategies and thinking from a new perspective" during the program.  Meanwhile, Mariame Diakite, director of Schneider Electric for West Africa, set great store by the impact of the "the overall program, which addresses many disciplines and is very balanced."