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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire

UNIDO ITPO Tokyo, jointly with the Investment Promotion Center in Cote d’Ivoire (CEPICI), organized the online business matching with the following official and Ms. Aïssatou NDIAYE, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo Africa Advisor, from 12 to 29 July, 2022.

This online delegate programme aimed to promote of the latest investment climate and business opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire to encourage Japanese business communities to further invest in the country. 

The profile of Mr. Badou

Thierry BADOU is a seasoned marketing and sales professional which had the opportunity to work in international groups in the mobile telecommunication sector in Côte d’Ivoire where he built his sense of professionalism. He also learned in this demanding environment how to uncover customer needs and how to deal with both internal and external entities to provide the relevant support they need.

He is graduated from the National Polytechnic Institute of Côte d’Ivoire, where he holds a master degree in Business Administration from Ecole Superieure de Commerce d’Abidjan (ESCA), one of the top leading business schools in west Africa. He also holds a Certificate in Business English completed in the University of Brighton, in the UK, and certificates in FDI Promotion, Investment Facilitation and Territorial Marketing.

Thierry joined CEPICI, the Ivoirian national investment promotion agency in 2016, as Regional Head of Investment promotion. In this key organization, he sharpened his sense and abilities to serve companies and private sector in general, with the ambition to foster the achievement of the country’s foreign direct investment attraction goals.

He managed portfolios of hundreds of investment projects amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars. He also successfully managed, on a yearly basis, multiple business forums, trade missions, roundtables in the view to facilitate new investment leads generation, set up initial contacts with foreign companies and provide relevant support to ease their set up in Côte d’Ivoire.

He also built and manages networks of focal points in local ministries and public service organizations, private sector organizations, foreign embassies services in charge of commercial affairs and international organizations in order to enable the provision of effective support to the investors.

Thierry BADOU is today the Director of Investment Attraction in CEPICI. He is married and a father of four.

Main activities

During the programme period, Mr. Thierry Badou provided the information and advice that are applicable to each situation of the Japanese private companies during the online individual meetings. Ms. Aïssatou NDIAYE, the Africa Advisor of UNIDO ITPO Tokyo who covers the French-speaking areas in West Africa, also participated in the meetings. Several Japanese companies participated, including the ones that are considering starting business in Côte d’Ivoire, or already doing business in Côte d’Ivoire. The companies were informed of CEPICI’s services as one-stop-center of the investment in Côte d’Ivoire. 

In the past, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo organized delegate programmes with CEPICI by inviting Ms. Solange AMICHIA to visit Japan in November 2014. Ms. AMICHIA also joined to the Côte d’Ivoire Business Seminar which was held online on 6 July, 2022 by UNIDO ITPO Tokyo with the co-organization of the Embassy of Côte d’Ivoire in Japan. Please find the details of the seminar in this event report page.

Outline of the individual meeting

Dates12 to 29th July, 2022
Time 5 p.m.  (JST
English and/or French


Contacts for Inquiries

UNIDO ITPO Tokyo (PIC: Ms. Imazu, Ms. Matsumoto)

For media-related inquiries, please contact UNIDO Public Relations / Media Consultant, Mr. Nishiyama ( ).

  • Mr. Thierry BADOU (Director of Investment Attraction, CEPICI)

  • Ms. Aïssatou NDIAYE (UNIDO ITPO Tokyo Africa Advisor)