In Bouaké, central Côte d’Ivoire, Cajou des Savanes is a cashew processing plant that employs 500 staff, …


Filtisac Côte d’Ivoire s.a. is an AKFED project company that produces jute and polypropylene bags for the …

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Ivoire Coton, an AKFED project company.

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The largest private sector power plant in Sub-Saharan Africa, Azito now provides over 30 percent of Côte …

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Côte d’Ivoire | Economic Development



IPS’s job creation and living standards improvement work benefit 600,000 people in West Africa

The Azito power facility, Côte d'Ivoire.



As with all aspects of AKDN, investments are usually made for the long term, and hence projects need to be sustainable. Ensuring their long-term viability depends on addressing persistent infrastructural constraints. Frequently there are delays in getting harvests to the processing units, and delays in getting the processed products to customers – while the factories suffer from inadequate energy availability.

To address this, IPS has been involved in the development of the Azito power station near Abidjan since 1997. Azito is Côte d’Ivoire’s leading electricity supplier, with one of the most powerful and efficient thermal power plants in Africa. In 2015, Azito inaugurated its third turbine, powered exclusively by waste from the two other turbines – fulfilling another key objective for IPS: sustainable development. Further development is ongoing, with a new 240 MW combined cycle power plant.

The Benefits of Job Creation

IPS remains driven by a dual ambition: demonstrating that it is possible – indeed even profitable – to process raw materials in Africa, while at the same time creating jobs and improving the living standards of the local people attached to its various industrial centres. For example, Ivoire Coton provides work for around 50,000 producers in northern Côte d’Ivoire. Together the various factories and companies within IPS in West Africa directly employ nearly 4,500 people who enjoy social welfare support and educational funding for their children. Every job created impacts a family, which means that some 600,000 people are feeling the benefit of IPS’s expansion in West Africa.

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