Teaming with the government of Ivory Coast

As an entrepreneur driven by the pursuit of untapped potential, my journey has taken me to corners of the world where opportunities unfold like chapters in a riveting novel. Some years ago, Côte d’Ivoire emerged on my radar—a nation with a decade-long track record of economic prowess, surpassing even giants like Nigeria and Rwanda. In this blog, I’m excited to share insights and experiences from a transformative partnership visit to Côte d’Ivoire, where my partners, investors, and I explored avenues in construction, real estate, and technology.

The Economic Powerhouse of Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire’s remarkable economic ascent over the past ten years has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. Leading the charts in GDP and doing business, the country’s growth trajectory has positioned it as an attractive destination for entrepreneurs seeking promising ventures. The decision to invest in Côte d’Ivoire was, for me and my partners, a strategic move grounded in the nation’s economic vibrancy and stability.

The Presidential Connection

Our journey took an extraordinary turn when we secured a meeting with none other than President Alassane Ouattara himself. The opportunity to engage with the leader of a nation known for its economic prowess was both an honor and a testament to the open-door policy that defines Côte d’Ivoire’s approach to international investors. President Ouattara’s vision for continued economic growth and development set the stage for our subsequent endeavors.

Meeting Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly 

A Prime Minister’s Welcome

Following our meeting with President Ouattara, we were graciously hosted by Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, often regarded as the right hand of the President. The discussions that unfolded were not merely diplomatic niceties but strategic dialogues centered around our mutual interests in construction, real estate, and technology. The Prime Minister’s insights into the nation’s economic roadmap provided a valuable roadmap for our investments.

Exploring Opportunities in Construction and Real Estate

Côte d’Ivoire’s thriving construction and real estate sectors offered a canvas of possibilities. The economic mission allowed us to explore partnerships, assess potential projects, and understand the regulatory landscape. The government’s commitment to infrastructure development and urban planning further fueled our enthusiasm to contribute to the nation’s progress.

Meeting with the Special Adviser in technology of the president

Technology as the Catalyst.

The intersection of technology and entrepreneurship is a space where innovation thrives. Our discussions delved into how technology could be the catalyst for transformative change in Côte d’Ivoire. Collaborative initiatives, from digital infrastructure to tech-driven solutions for societal challenges, were explored as avenues to contribute to the nation’s technological evolution.

Lessons Learned and Takeaways

  • Strategic Alignment: The success of our economic mission was rooted in the strategic alignment of our interests with Côte d’Ivoire’s economic goals. Understanding the nation’s priorities allowed us to tailor our proposals to complement existing initiatives.
  • Government Engagement: The accessibility and willingness of high-ranking officials, including the President and Prime Minister, highlighted the government’s commitment to fostering international partnerships. This bodes well for the ease of doing business and the implementation of collaborative projects.
  • Evolving Landscape: Côte d’Ivoire’s consistent economic growth underscores the importance of staying attuned to evolving landscapes. As an entrepreneur, the ability to adapt and align with a nation’s dynamic economic trajectory is key to long-term success.

Success is about enjoying what you have and where you are, while pursuing achievable goals.

-Bo Bennett, Author

The economic mission to Côte d’Ivoire was not just a business endeavor; it was a voyage into a nation’s story of resilience, growth, and potential. As an entrepreneur, the journey taught me that successful investments are not solely about numbers on a balance sheet but about forging meaningful collaborations that contribute to the prosperity of nations and communities. Côte d’Ivoire’s economic prowess continues to inspire, and I am eager to witness the shared success stories that will undoubtedly unfold in the years to come.

As we eagerly anticipate the unfolding chapters of our investments in Côte d’Ivoire, I am excited about the prospect of contributing to the nation’s continued success story. Together, let’s build bridges of prosperity and forge lasting partnerships that transcend borders and inspire generations to come.


Yannick Tchoum is passionate creative, who is the Founder, Chairman & C.E.O. @ The Tchoum Group. He leads the vision and oversees the management of all subsidiaries companies under the holding's umbrella