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The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is bordered by Guinea and Liberia to the West, Burkina Faso and Mali to the North, Ghana to the East, and the Gulf of Guinea to the South. This country comprises a land area of 322,463sqkm, gathering 23.7 million inhabitants in 2016.

The Ivorian economy relies heavily on agriculture, farming and infrastructure projects such as its maritime port (2nd commercial port in Sub-Saharan Africa), its road system and its international airport. The primary sector represents 25% of its GDP and employs two-third of active people.

This country is part of the 47 priority countries of France's external trade. Ivory Coast also represents the 1st commercial partner of France within the CFA Franc zone, and the 4th in Sub-Saharan Africa, after Nigeria, South Africa and Angola.

France is also Ivory Coast’s 2nd commercial partner after Nigeria.

Most of the big French companies present in Africa have a subsidiary located in Ivory Coast, employing around 40,000 people, constituting France’s strongest presence in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In this context, Simon Associés entered into a strategic alliance agreement with Lex Ways, located in Abidjan.


Lex Ways’ team is led by its founding partners, Diomande Soualiho, Bah Ibrahima Bemba and Kone Kele Silue. Lex Ways intervenes in Business law, and is notably renowned for assisting various sub-regional governments in Africa, and well-known private and public companies.

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