Cote d’Ivoire is a West African nation with a population of about 20.5 million people. Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) enjoyed high level of political and economic stability for over three decades following independence from France in 1958 until in 2002 when this was cut short by an armed rebellion that split the nation into two.
Ivory Coast is the world’s largest exporter of cocoa beans. Its citizens enjoy high levels of income.
Ivory Coast has come under serious security scrutiny. In 2016, terrorist attacked the beach resort of Grand Bassam, near Abidjan resulting in the death of 19 people. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Al-Mourabitoun claimed responsibility for the attack. Abu Adam al-Ansari and Hamza al-Fulani from al-Mourabitoun and Abderrahmane al-Fulani from AQIM were named by AQIM as the attackers.