INFORMATION NOTE FOR DELEGATES

INFORMATION NOTE FOR DELEGATES



Dear delegates,

Akwaba, Welcome to the "Ease of Doing Business Initiative" conference, EDBI Côte d'Ivoire 2018 organized by the Government of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire in collaboration with the World Bank Group.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation in the conference. Below you will find some useful information to make your entry and stay in Côte d'Ivoire easy and enjoyable.

Nationals of the following countries who hold an ordinary or official passport are not subject to the visa requirement.

  • ECOWAS Member States
  • Benin - Burkina Faso - Cape Verde - Gambia - Ghana - Guinea - Bissau - Liberia - Mali - Niger - Nigeria - Senegal - Sierra Leone - Togo.

  • Other countries
  • Central African Republic - Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) - Mauritania - Morocco - Seychelles Islands - Singapore - Chad - Tunisia - Philippines.

    For detailed information on visas, see Annex 1


    A block booking has been made at Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire for all delegates expected in Abidjan on Sunday 25 November 2018. Delegates are invited to provide their itinerary in advance when checking in on the conference website (www.edbicotedivoire2018.org), to confirm their individual reservation.

    For any questions related to hosting, do not hesitate to contact

  • Mr. Coulibaly SIE, Director of Relations with Operators - Côte d'Ivoire Tourism
  • Email : siecoul_cit@yahoo.com
  • Tel : 00225 07 31 61 92
  • tel rates per night vary depending on the hotel complex chosen. The conference website presents the offers of several hotel complexes in Abidjan.

    The standard tariffs are in annexe 2 of this note. However, the Government has negotiated preferential rates for all delegates to Sofitel Hotel Ivoire at a cost of CFAF 170,000 for the classic room.


    Lunch is included in the conference package. Breakfast is included in the cost of the room. Thematic dinners will be organized according to the event's program.


    International delegates from outside Côte d'Ivoire are advised to carry a physical copy of flight tickets, passports and yellow fever vaccination certificates with them.


  • Arrival of the international delegates from the respective countries : Sunday, November 25, 2018.
  • Departure from Côte d'Ivoire for return to the respective countries/destinations : Thursday, November 29, 2018.
  • Tel : 00225 07 31 61 92
  • The Conference Organizing Committee has provided transport shuttles from Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport in Abidjan to Sofitel Hotel Ivoire and vice versa.
    Local delegates are requested to bring a copy of their national identity card for validation and registration.

    Visits to the city of Abidjan other than those provided for in the conference programme are not covered by the Organising Committee. However, you will be assisted with vehicle rental or any other means of travel. In this case, please contact Sofitel Hotel Ivoire directly or contact the Organising Committee. Below you will find details of contact information in the Key Contacts section. For questions related to transport, do not hesitate to contact:

  • Mr. Coulibaly SIE,Director of Relations with Operators - Côte d'Ivoire Tourism
  • Email : siecoul_cit@yahoo.com
  • Tel : 00225 07 31 61 92

  • The conference will start on Monday, November 26, 2018 from 8:00 am (GMT) at the Palais des Congrès of Sofitel Hôtel Ivoire. The indoor work will be completed at the end of the day on November 27, 2018. The day of November 28, 2018 is devoted to visits to reform sites and tourist visits. Tourist visits are optional. If travel during the tourist visits are taken care of by the Conference Organizing Committee, the delegates are responsible for the meals for that day..

    The conference programme is available on the dedicated website : www.edbicotedivoire2018.org. A copy of the program is included in the delegate kit.

    Please note that a Gala dinner is being hosted by the Government on Monday, 26 November 2018 and that the theme of the dress code will be the colours of the national flag of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire.


    The short rainy season covers the months of October and November. The month of November is therefore in theory a rainy month. But due to the impact of climate change, the month could be partially sunny. The delegate is nevertheless invited to bring warm clothing.


    A website dedicated to the Ease of Doing Business Initiative Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire 2018 conference has been set up. The domain name of this site is www.edbicotedivoire2018.org.

    The delegate is invited to register on the conference website. At the end of the registration process, the delegate will receive in his mail box, the electronic copy of his conference access badge. Upon arrival, the registration details will be validated at the EDBI conference reception and registration desk at Sofitel Hotel Ivoire and the delegate will receive the printed version of his badge and a participating kit with more information about the conference and the stay in Abidjan. Further information will also be available on the website, which will be updated regularly.


    Wireless Internet connection (wifi) will be available free of charge at Sofitel Hotel Ivoire. The hotel also offers printing and photocopying services at an affordable price. Côte d'Ivoire uses an electrical outlet with two poles plus ground (cylindrical studs). The voltage is 220- 250V, Current: 16 amps, Frequency: 50 Hz.

    The delegate is asked to provide an adapter. If necessary, the hotel or the Organising Committee can help to obtain them on site.

    Please note that an administrative secretariat will be set up during the conference and will be equipped with printers and photocopiers. Depending on his or her needs, the delegate may request the free printing of certain conference documents.


  • a. International travellers should take all necessary measures to prevent infectious diseases and make appropriate vaccinations.
  • b. The yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for travellers entering Côte d'Ivoire. A check of the valid vaccination certificate is carried out on arrival in Côte d'Ivoire. What is recommended: Get vaccinated 10 days before the trip.
  • If necessary, the vaccine can also be given at Abidjan airport upon your arrival by a team from the National Institute of Public Hygiene.
  • c. Travellers from any country reporting hemorrhagic fever will be isolated and held at the post of the National Institute of Public Hygiene (INHP) until the fever tests are completed.
  • d. It is strongly recommended to take out health insurance covering care abroad, as well as repatriation insurance.
  • e. Tap water in Côte d'Ivoire is safe to drink. However, for adaptation purposes, it is recommended to drink bottled mineral water.
  • Throughout the delegations' stay, an assistance and medical emergency service will be available from 08:00 to 22:00 on the main conference site at Sofitel Hotel Ivoire.

    From 10pm to 8am: a team on call.
    Please contact us urgently :

  • Dr. BEDI Memel Trever
  • Anesthesiologist, Resuscitator and Emergency Physician
  • Tel : 00 225 07 44 02 88
  • Email : bedimemel@tresor.gouv.ci
  • Dr. GUEYE Boubakar Seydou
  • Anesthesiologist, Resuscitator and Emergency Physician
  • Tel : 00 225 09 91 7 37
  • Email : boubaseg@gmail.com

  • The franc of the African Financial Community of international code XOF is the official currency of Côte d'Ivoire symbolized by the "CFA Francs". There are 9 different Swiss franc coins and 5 different 5 banknotes in circulation. The coins are denominated at 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 250, 500 francs. The banknotes are denominated in 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000; banknotes of varying colours.

    The FCFA is convertible. The delegate will therefore be able to exchange US dollars or Euros for West African Ivorian CFA francs in all local banks, exchange offices at the airport and in major hotels. The Organising Committee has planned to invite exchange offices to the conference site.


    To facilitate telephone communication, mobile operators provide delegates with mobile phone communication chips and phone top-ups from the airport and at the Sofitel Hotel Ivoire conference site.

    If necessary, the delegate may regularly request the hostesses or the Organising Committee to facilitate the acquisition of telephone chips or refills.


    In case of emergency or clarification during this trip, please contact the persons mentioned below

    Accommodation, Travel, Transport, Protocol and Visa :

    Mr. Coulibaly SIE , Director of Operator Relations, Côte d'Ivoire Tourism
  • Email : siecoul_cit@yahoo.com
  • Tel : 00225 07 31 61 92
  • Medical assistance :

  • Dr. BEDI Memel Trever
  • Anesthesiologist, Resuscitator and Emergency Physician
  • Email : bedimemel@tresor.gouv.ci
  • Tel : 00 225 07 44 02 88
  • Dr GUEYE Boubakar Seydou
  • Anesthesiologist, Resuscitator and Emergency Physician
  • Email : boubaseg@gmail.com
  • Tel : 00 225 09 91 7 37
  • Organization of the conference :

    Mr. Coulibaly SIE , Director of Operator Relations, Côte d'Ivoire Tourism
  • Email : siecoul_cit@yahoo.com
  • Tel : 00225 07 31 61 92
  • Mrs. DUNCAN Christiane , Technical Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance
  • Email : christianeduncan1@yahoo.fr
  • Tel : 00 225 07 07 60 25
  • Mrs. Ramatou FALL , Director of Business Environment, CEPICI
  • Email : ramatou.fall@cepici.ci
  • Tel : 00 225 46 01 65 10
  • Mrs. Fofana TOURE , Technical Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance
  • Email : mafingue@hotmail.com
  • Tel : + 225 07 64 30 54
  • Conference & Panels :

    Mr. Mahamoud MAGASSOUBA , Senior Private Sector Developement Specialist, IFC/GBM Bureau de Côte d’Ivoire
  • Email : mmagassouba@worldbank.org
  • Tel : 00 225 69 36 35 43
  • Mr. MELEDJE Simon S , Head of the planning and monitoring and evaluation of reforms department, Business Environment Department, CEPICI
  • Email : simon.meledje@cepici.ci
  • Tel : 00225 56 95 55 52

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