Côte d’Ivoire experienced political instability and economic decline throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Between 2012-2019, political stability and policy reforms have allowed the economy to recover from years of stagnation, with an average annual GDP growth rate of eight percent during that period. This progress can be seen in the reduction of the poverty rate from 46.3 percent in 2015 to 39.5 percent in 2018, based on World Bank statistics.
The MCC Board of Directors approved a $524.7 million compact for Côte d’Ivoire at its quarterly board meeting in September 2017. On April 8, 2022, the MCC Board of Directors approved a one-year, $12 million extension to address delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Côte d’Ivoire is expected to provide an additional $22 million to support the feasibility and sustainability of the compact. The program supports the country’s efforts to address key binding constraints to economic growth through investments in the education and transportation sectors.
Financials as of June 30, 2022
November 7, 2017
Entry Into Force:
August 5, 2019
Abidjan Transport Project
- $294,570,000Project Total Amount
- $43,076,888Project Amount Committed
- $28,782,594Project Amount Expended
The Abidjan Transport Project comprises two activities designed to improve efficiency in the transport of people and goods, increase the integration between transport systems, and improve road safety and pavement surface conditions in Abidjan along the major transport arteries. The Transport Infrastructure Activity will focus on the rehabilitation of up to 32 kilometers of critical roadway and adjoining infrastructure in the central corridor of Abidjan. The Transport Management and Planning (TMP) Activity will invest in educational and training resources for road asset management, develop road asset and safety resources and management tools, and develop mechanisms to support more efficient use of road maintenance funds. The TMP Activity will also support transaction advisory services to help Côte d’Ivoire develop private sector-led solutions to resolve the persistent problem of heavy-truck parking in and around the Port of Abidjan.
Progress and Achievements to Date
Transport Infrastructure Activity: An architect and engineering firm completed the engineering designs, environmental and social impact assessment, and resettlement action plan studies for the four major road investments in fall 2022.
Transport Management and Planning Activity: The third and final cohort began training with a partner university program (Polytechnique Montreal and Michigan State) in September 2022.
Road Asset Management: Technical assistance is being provided to relevant road agencies to develop a comprehensive road asset management system. Road and bridge condition surveys are being conducted and field data will be used to develop maintenance strategies and work plans.
Skills for Employability and Productivity Project
- $157,198,980Project Total Amount
- $30,467,070Project Amount Committed
- $15,179,368Project Amount Expended
The Skills for Employability and Productivity Project is comprised of two activities. The Secondary Education Activity will construct, equip, and provide support for up to 84 new secondary schools, construct two teacher training satellite campuses and redesign the pre-service teacher training curriculum, develop and operationalize a national gender policy for Côte d’Ivoire’s educational system, and support the development of an integrated education management information system. The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Activity will establish three to four new TVET centers that will be developed and managed through public-private partnerships with industries in Côte d’Ivoire. In addition, the TVET Activity will support the development of a permanent tracer study system and a national accreditation system for TVET centers.
Progress and Achievements to Date
Secondary Schools construction: Construction of the first four colleges de proximité (CDPs) began in spring 2022. The multicriteria selection of the expected villages that will host secondary schools is ongoing, with 38 additional villages selected as future school sites. Community mobilization and school ownership activities in more than 458 villages are in progress.
Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET): The Millennium Challenge Account—the program implementer in Côte d’Ivore—concluded a first-round call for partners in the fall of 2020 to preselect eight partners. In June 2022, following detailed presentations, four partners were invited to submit proposals to set up, operate, and maintain TVET centers under this new private sector-led model.
As of November 9, 2022