2nd India–Cote d’Ivoire Foreign Office Consultations (FOC)

The 2nd Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between India and Cote d’Ivoire was held in New Delhi on 14th March 2024, co-chaired by Shri Sevala Naik Mude, Additional Secretary (Central & West Africa), Ministry of External Affairs from the Indian side and Mr. Filbert Kouassi Gleglaud, Director General of Bilateral Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora from Cote d’Ivoire side.

Both sides reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations covering political exchanges, trade and investments, development partnership, capacity building, culture and people-to-people linkages, consular matters, and defence and security cooperation. Both sides expressed the potential for cooperation in the agricultural sector and in the film and television sector. The two sides also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest and agreed to enhance their cooperation in the multilateral fora.

India and Cote d’Ivoire share long-standing ties of friendship and collaboration. The bilateral trade between India and Cote d’Ivoire has grown steadily during the last three years and it reached US$ 1,552.97 million during 2022-23, from US$ 1,197.4 million in 2021-22. India has extended lines of credit worth US$ 207.80 million to Cote d’Ivoire for projects in the sectors of agriculture, road transport, IT and biotechnology, power etc. Both sides agreed to continue engagements, including through institutional mechanisms.

The next round of FOC will be held in Abidjan at a mutually convenient date.

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