The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
The Republic of Côte d'Ivoire extends over an area of 322,463 km2. This West African country has both beach resorts and tropical forests. Its main urban centre is its economic capital, Abidjan, located on the Atlantic Ocean. The political capital, Yamoussoukro is located in the centre of the country, more than 200 km northwest of Abidjan. It is home to the second-largest basilica in the world, after that of the Vatican.
The official language of Côte d’Ivoire is French. The indigenous languages commonly spoken are Jula, (one of the Manding languages), Baoulé, Bété, Dan, Anyin, Attié, Ebrié and Senufo.
Côte d’Ivoire has a wet equatorial climate, characterized by abundant rainfall in the south and centre of the country. The average annual temperature is 26.1°C.
The northern savannah zone has a tropical climate. The rainy season is from April/May to the end of October. It is not very intense, but it often peaks in August. During the dry season, January to February, the Harmattan wind, laden with sand and dust from the Sahara, blows over the region from the Sahel to West Africa.
In the south of Côte d’Ivoire, the climate is equatorial and very damp. The rainy season usually begins in May and extends through to November. It is interrupted, however, in August and September.
In May, the average temperature 28 °C, with six hours of sun a day. It is expected that there will be about 16 rainy days during the month.
Currency and Exchange
The currency of Côte d’Ivoire is the CFA franc (FCFA), the common currency of member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). It can be exchanged at commercial banks, bureaux de change in the city and at the airport, and in hotels. The CFA franc is pegged to the euro at a fixed rate of 1 euro to 655.957 FCFA.
Convertible currencies can be freely exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and major hotels.
National, international and Internet telecommunication services are available in all major hotels and residences in the economic capital, Abidjan, where the Annual Meetings will be held.
Telecommunications are available in Côte d’Ivoire through land lines, broadband systems and fibre optics. Cellular network operators (Orange, MTN, MOOV) use the international GSM system. Customers are able to choose contract or pre-paid card subscriptions. Prepaid cards and call credit reloading are available from authorized dealers and in shopping centres. A mobile telephony 3G/4G Internet pack will cost around 2,500 FCFA for a 1.2 GB package valid for one week.
Côte d’Ivoire uses a 220 volts electricity supply system with standard European (French) plugs.