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22 May Abidjan

Swedish ICT delegation to Côte d'Ivoire

Welcome to join us for an exciting conference during which key officials and companies from Sweden and Côte d’Ivoire will come together for business meetings and networking. Côte d’Ivoire is one of the most mature markets in West Africa with ICT as a prioritized sector. The ICT-conference aims at sharing knowledge, as well as building and strengthening long term partnerships.

Business Sweden and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in collaboration with Ericsson have during 2012-2014 arranged conferences in eight different countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Previous conferences have been held in Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Now the time has come to learn more about the ICT sector in Côte d’Ivoire. The ICT conference offers you the opportunity to meet decision makers on site in Abidjan and to discuss and explore the opportunities and challenges within the ICT sector in Côte d’Ivoire. 

The ICT sector in Côte d´Ivoire including mobile telephony and internet

Côte d’Ivoire invests strongly in the ICT sector. The total investments reached EUR 150 million when the sector registered an accumulated turnover of EUR 1.3 billion. There are five mobile phone operators present in Côte d’Ivoire with a total of 22 million subscribers. The total turnover in the mobile phone segment reached EUR 866 million in 2014. Internet is available in the country
since 2006 but the connectivity rate in 2014 was only approximately 0.5%, which is disappointing according to the telecommunication ministry. Thus, there are many opportunities in this market, especially through the 3G and 4G projects aiming to increase and facilitate internet access for the population.

Main expressed needs in Côte d’Ivoire

  • Infrastructure: Fiber optic backbone, Mobile Broadband – Digital Migration and Coverage of the rural areas and the various solutions to achieve this (by satellite and/or optic fiber).
  • Services: E-government solutions, i.e. e-healthcare, e-education, e-payment, e-security and eagriculture, are highly prioritized. While mobile money and e-banking haven’t taken off as expected, they are however high on everyone’s agenda.
  • Regulation: Spectrum and regulatory issues, e.g. over-establishment, shortage of spectrum frequencies, optimizing the distribution of frequencies and the quality aspect of the operators´ services.

If you're interested in participating, please contact us for further information:

Abdou Ziat
Business Sweden
E: abdou.ziat@business-sweden.se