Imports$7.92 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$11.41 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)5.1% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$1,600 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate3.6% (2010 est.)
Internet users967,300 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular14.91 million (2009)
Population growth rate2.044% (2012 est.)
Population21,952,093 (July 2012 est.)
Close ties to France since independence in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export, and foreign investment made Cote d'Ivoire one of the most prosperous of the West African states but did not protect it from political turmoil.
In December 1999, a military coup - the first ever in Cote d'Ivoire's history - overthrew the government.
Junta leader Robert GUEI blatantly rigged elections held in late 2000 and declared himself the winner....
Cote d'Ivoire is heavily dependent on agriculture and related activities, which engage roughly 68% of the population.
Cote d'Ivoire is the world's largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer and exporter of coffee and palm oil.
Consequently, the economy is highly sensitive to fluctuations in international prices for these products, and, to a lesser extent, in climatic conditions....