The goal the President of the Republic,
His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, to build an emerging Côte d’Ivoire by the year 2020 has found a resounding echo after numerous private and public foreign investments
were made in the country, yet challenges still remain, and much work still needs to be done. Each Ivorian citizen must take ownership of this vision and work to actively implement it. This is why Mr. Pierre Djemis, a private Ivorian citizen, an attorney specializing in international business, who has been working to promote the economic opportunities of Côte d’Ivoire in Asia for many years, wanted to use the experience of his company, PKD Conseil, to promote this cause by inviting players working in development to a conference in Shanghai, China, on January 8, 2015.
The intended goal was to present the needs and investment opportunities in the mining, energy, and oil sectors in Côte d’Ivoire to the Asian partners.
Organized by the PKD Conseil law firm and its Shanghai office, PKD Consulting Shanghai, together with the Côte d’Ivoire Embassy in China,
the conference with the theme of Investment Opportunities in the Mining, Oil, and Energy Sectors in Côte d’Ivoire was attended by government officials from both countries, notably, His Excellence Adama Dosso, Côte d’Ivoire Ambassador to China, and Mr. Mao, Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the host country, as well as numerous companies, namely:
- China Africa Development Fund
- Afriland First Bank Group China
- China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau West Africa
- China Central Television (CCTV)
- Dacheng Law Office
- Wealth Management
- Beijing Suntech Technology Co. Ltd.
- Sino Africa Economy Research Institute
- SINO AFRICA Corporation
- Yukang International Mining Company
In his address, the ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire placed a variety of reference data on his country into a larger context. He noted the satisfactory level of the national safety index, which is at 1%. Moreover, while expressing satisfaction with the fact that Ivorian agriculture accounts for 70% of the country’s exports, he expressed hope that future investments would also move towards consolidating and extending the power grids, developing solar energy, constructing thermal power stations, and extracting and producing natural gas.
Mr. Pierre Djemis, CEO of the PKD Conseil law firm, highlighted the attractive elements of the Côte d’Ivoire investment code in his speech,
before elaborating on the recent simplification of the mining and oil codes.
He concluded his remarks by presenting all of the agencies created in order to facilitate and safeguard private investment in Côte d’Ivoire. Among others, he introduced the Investment Promotion Center of Côte
d’Ivoire (CEPICI), the Association for the Promotion of Exports of Côte d’Ivoire (APEX-CI), and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Côte d’Ivoire (CCI-CI).
The conference was held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel in Shanghai, China, and concluded with a cocktail reception.