The implementation of the National Development Programme (NDP 2012-2015) was a huge success. In regard to economic recovery, we successfully put back our economy on the path to strong growth, with support from our development partners. We are now at the forefront of fast-growing countries in the world, with an average annual real GDP growth rate of about 9%. We have created over 2 million jobs in 4 years. We have also increased the incomes of the vast majority of Ivorians, both in cities and in villages. This economic performance is underpinned by the reinforcement of our economic infrastructure, and it has enabled us to improve the living conditions of Ivorians.
Furthermore, the State visits I have made to the interior of the country, as well as encounters with my fellow citizens, especially during the last Presidential Campaign, helped me realizing that despite our achievements, more efforts are required to consolidate our progress towards emergence.
Accordingly, the 2016-2020 NDP, which draws lessons from the implementation of NDP 2012-2015, seeks to achieve Côte d’Ivoire’s emergence by 2020 with a solid industrial base. Poverty reduction and better redistribution of the fruits of growth, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable people, also constitute a pillar of our new vision. Our strategy for structural transformation of the economy will be based on the competitiveness of our economy, as well as the processing of our basic and export commodities.
Consequently, NDP 2016-2020 will focus on: (i) improving the agricultural commodity processing rate; and (ii) diversifying the industrial production base by promoting the manufacturing industry.
NDP 2016-2020 will also focus on improving the living conditions of our people, particularly through the development of good quality economic infrastructure taking into account concerns about regional planning and preservation of the environment.
The macroeconomic framework will continue to be strong. The scenario we have chosen is based on strong and sustained economic growth that creates employment, particularly for young people and women. The business environment and good governance will receive special attention.
These reforms will go hand in hand with human capital development. In this regard, significant efforts will be made to improve the quality of our education and training system, so as to make it accessible to all and adapt it to the needs of the labour market. We will also focus on improving the quality of our health services, while ensuring that they are accessible to all, through the Universal Health Coverage Scheme (CMU).
Lastly, NDP 2016-2020 aims to promote the development of international cooperation, regional integration, and visibility of Côte d’Ivoire.
Of course, we must continue to work in unity and discipline and, as we were taught by the Father of the Nation, President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, in peace. Indeed, only lasting peace, strong institutions and citizens ready to place the national interest above everything else will enable our country to irreversibly join the group of great democratic and developed nations.
In this way, we will be able to build a modern Côte d'Ivoire in which hard work is recognized and valued. A unified and united Côte d’Ivoire which offers its people a better future and where the rule of law is recognized by all citizens.
I wish that all Ivorians, the Government, the Institutions of the Republic, elected officials, enterprises, civil society and development partners should be involved, more than ever before, in the implementation of our new 2016-2020 NDP so as to ensure its full success for the benefit of all Ivorians.
President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire