Ivory Coast: with 6% of Ivorian GDP, construction, the third sector creating employment

From the 3rd to the 7th  of October, 300 companies of the real estate chain exhibited their know-how during the 6th edition of the architecture and building trade fair, which remains the third sector of employment with 11,000 jobs, 6% of Ivorian GDP.

They are Ivorians, Turks, Tunisians, Germans, and French among the fifteen countries present at this 6th edition of the architecture and building fair, Archibat, which will have gathered this year for its ten years of existence more than 300 exhibitors from the third sector “providing jobs, 11,000 jobs between 2015-2016”, totaling 12% of job creation in the country, according to Claude Isaac Dé, the Ivorian Minister of Construction, Housing, Sanitation and  Urbanism,. The sector comes after trade (31%) and manufacturing (15%).

Present for the official inauguration, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly in turn welcomed the “performances” of the sector and invited the architects to “greater involvement” in the state projects. “You must bring your expertise and propose innovative solutions to master the urbanization of our cities”.


In full swing in the country, under the impetus of the State, which has undertaken to build more than 100,000 housing units by 2020, the deficit being of the order of 400,000, of which 200,000 in Abidjan;,the sector attracts many actors.

Among them, Najoua Riffi, trade representative of the Tunisian Office for the Promotion of Tunisian Exports, Cepex. “Ivory Coast is an open market of future, with an attractive investment code and reassuring economic indicators. ”

According to Samir Fayad, Managing Director of Mitsulift Ivory Coast (Mitsubishi Group), the “Ivorian market is a promoter while its company has just established itself in the country so much, it maintains that” when we think of West Africa,  we do think of  Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria. “So when we had to make a decision,” it was quick at home, everybody talks about Ivory Coast, we expect customers who create value. ”

By building according to new international standards. “We have had several contacts with real estate companies to offer them our ecological products, adapted to the Ivorian and African climate, sustainable for generations at affordable prices for all stock exchanges,” says Denis N’cho, Ivorian commercial  of “fiber cement-IFC” .

Integrated solutions

“The fair presents itself as a platform of innovation that evolves know-how in the construction trades,” says Ismaël Boga N’Guessan, CEO of Axes Marketing and organizer of the Archibat trade show. To the extent that there is a political will to offer every Ivorian a decent roof, there is a strong impulse of the authorities. This has led, with the establishment of mechanisms to facilitate access to property, to enable national actors to take advantage of this impetus and to launch themselves. “An opportunity for property developers.

And the tendency is integrated solutions. Real estate projects “turnkey”, from the acquisition of land to access to finance. The Moroccan Addoha presents projects on this format, Lafarge Holcim also with the product Probat or Kaydan, the Ivorian real estate group carried by Alain Kouadio.

 By Issiaka N’GUESSAN, in Abidjan

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