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Ivory Coast Leader Sees Steady Growth of 9 Percent Through 2017

  • President Ouattara pledges to attract maximum investments
  • Government’s growth outlook brighter than IMF’s, Ouattara Says
Alassane Ouattara. Photographer: Sia Kambou/AFP via Getty Images

Alassane Ouattara. Photographer: Sia Kambou/AFP via Getty Images

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said he expects an economic growth spurt in the west African nation that’s outpaced all its continental peers to last until at least through next year, and said the country is looking everywhere for investors as it recovers from internal conflict.

Ivory Coast has no preference for either public or private investment on whether investors come from “China, the Gulf States" or anywhere else, Ouattara said in a speech to the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in New York on Wednesday. “We just want the maximum amount of investment possible.”