Cote d’Ivoire and the risk from terrorism

The biggest risk to a slow down in economic development in Cote d’Ivoire over the next 2 years is not a further decline in manufacturing output in China or the United States nor a resurgence of domestic political or ethnic violence.  The most significant risk is the threat posed by the importation of Islamic militancy from elsewhere in West Africa and the Western Sahel.   We identified a lack of preparedness and urgency to deal with the threat of Islamic militancy in Cote d’Ivoire in the government and the Grand Bassam resort  attack was therefore of no surprise.   We believe the risks of Islamic militancy can only be addressed by regional collaboration, a subject countries in the region have until now only played lip service to.

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