U.S. Chamber Launches U.S.-Côte d'Ivoire Business Council

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 8:00pm

Business Representatives Look to Drive Economic Growth in Key Sectors for African Nation

New York, NY— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined its Ivorian counterpart, APEX-CI, today for the official launch of the U.S.-Côte d’Ivoire Business Council.  This new Business Council will serve as the premiere organization in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the broad advancement of U.S. commercial engagement with Côte d’Ivoire and will consist of senior-level executives of U.S. Companies from every major sector doing business in Cote d’Ivoire. The founding members of the U.S. section of the council are Cargill, Chevron, Citi, FedEx and GE.

At an event, coinciding with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, the Honorable Daniel Kablan Duncan, State Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of the Cote d’Ivoire delegation, joined Scott Eisner, the Chamber’s vice president of African Affairs and International Operations, for the dawning of a new era in U.S. Cote d’Ivoire commercial relations.

In a video message endorsing the Council, President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire applauded the two business communities for joining forces to push ahead a pro-business economic agenda that will benefit both nations.  The Business Council will consist of senior-level executives of U.S. Companies from every major sector doing business in Cote d’Ivoire.

“President Ouattara and both Ivoirian and American companies are eager to rebuild the economy in Côte d’Ivoire and re-engage in mutually beneficial trade between the two countries,” said Scott Eisner, vice president of African Affairs and International Operations at the U.S. Chamber. “There is abundant opportunity for U.S. firms to engage more deeply in the key sectors that are driving Côte d’Ivoire’s economic growth; in particular, agriculture, energy, and infrastructure.”

The organization will provide a high-level forum for dialogue on key economic, commercial, and political issues of interest to American companies operating in or exploring business opportunities in Cote d’Ivoire.

“As a business leader in both the U.S. and Côte d'Ivoire, we have seen first-hand how investment, knowledge sharing and international trade can improve livelihoods and stimulate economic growth”, said Greg Page, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer. “The Council provides a forum to encourage long-term trade and investment that can support Côte d'Ivoire’s continuing progress towards delivering greater prosperity for its people.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.