Making Côte d’Ivoire an emerging country by 2020 is my ambition, which should be achieved through a new, clear and consistent development strategy that the Government has developed and adopted on 28 March 2012, and which is called the National Development Plan (NDP) 2012-2015.
This new strategy builds on lessons from the past, flowing from a candid and straightforward study of the economic policies implemented over the previous decades.
It highlights the main priorities of the Government’s agenda, an agenda on the basis of which the Ivorians voted for me in November 2010.
The strategy describes the broad outlines of the Government’s action, at the national and regional levels, aimed at
The objective of the strategy is also to significantly reduce poverty rates by 2015. It defines the main horizontal and vertical “growth engines”, which should enable us to achieve a growth rate of 8% in 2012, 9% in 2013 and about 10% by 2014-2015.
In keeping with its ancestral values, Côte d’Ivoire intends to re-gain its status as a haven of peace, a State that complies with the rule of law and good governance, a strong democracy, where the private sector can enjoy one of the best business environments in Africa, in a dynamic economy that is open to the rest of the world.
With this National Development Plan - 2012-2015, strategic planning reclaims its rightful place at the heart of Government action. As such, it becomes the reference document for all the stakeholders – at the national, regional and international levels. I will ensure that this is a flexible instrument reviewed on the basis of the results achieved, as well as on the basis of exogenous and endogenous factors.
My wish is that citizens, the Government and institutions of the Republic, elected officials, companies, civil society and development partners fully participate in the implementation of the NDP 2012-2015, so as to ensure its success.
It is only at this price that Côte d’Ivoire will regain its rightful place in the community of nations for the benefit of all Ivorians and citizens of the sub-region.
The President of the Republic
H. E. Alassane OUATTARA