Cote D'Ivoire

Student: Lamia Al-Loughani

Event: Pearl-MUN 2003

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The Ivorian National Anthem

L'Abidjannaise: (Song of Abidjan)

Original French Words

Salût O Terre d'Espérance
Pays de l'Hospitalité
Tes Légions remplies de vaillance
Ont relevé ta Dignité
Tes Fils chère Côte d'Ivoire

Fiers artisans de ta grandeur
Tous rassemblés pour ta gloire
Te bâtiront dans le bonheur
Fiers Ivoiriens,
Le Pays nous appelle

Si nous avons dans la Paix
Ramené la liberté
Notre devoir sera d'être un modèle
De l'espérance promise à l'Humanité
En forgeant unis dans la Foi nouvelle
La patrie de la vraie fraternité
English Translation

English Translation

We salute you, O Land of Hope
Country of Hospitality;
Your legions full of bravery
Have enhanced your dignity.
Dear Côte d'Ivoire, your sons,

Proud builders of your greatness,
All together and for your glory,
Shall, in joy, build you up.
Proud Ivorians
The Country needs us.

If, in Peace we have
Brought liberty back,
Our duty is to be a model
Of the Hope promised to Humanity,
In forging united in the new faith
The fatherland of true brotherhood.

Cote D'Ivoire

Country Profile:

Political Structure:

Cote d'Ivoire's government was established in 1960. It is a Republic. It's official capital is Yamoussoukro but its administrative center is Abidjan. Cote'd'ivoire is Independence Day is the 7th of August 1960 (from France) It has 58 departments and it's chief of state is president Laurent GBA GBO. Cote d'Ivoire is legal system is based on the French civil law system and customary system. There are many parties in Cote d'Ivoire and they are Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire-African Democratic Rally or PDCI-RDA [Aime Henri Konan BEDIE]; Ivorian Popular Front or FPI [Laurent GBAGBO]; Ivorian Worker's Party or PIT [Francis WODIE]; Rally of the Republicans or RDR [Alassane OUATTARA]; Union for Democracy and Peace or UDPCI [Gen. Robert GUEI];


Natural Resources:

Cote d'Ivoire is rich with its natural resources which are: petroleum , natural gas, diamond, manganese, iron ore, cobalt bauxite copper and hydropower. There are also other natural resources that Cote d'Ivoire have which are: coffee cocoa beans, fish, their soil and palm oil .The countries that Cote d'Ivoire exports these products to are: France, Netherlands, Germany and Italy. The export commodities are: cocoa beans, coffee, timber petroleum, cotton, bananas, pineapples, palm oil and fish. These resources are not enough for the country but diamonds are the best resource there.


Cultural Factors:

With a population of 16,804,784 Cote'd'ivoire is a culturally rich nation.
Cote d'Ivoire is a country with many religions, but the three most practiced religions ones a : Christians (20-30%), Muslims(35-40%) and indigenous(25-40(% Due to the exclusion of the African languages, Cote d'Ivoire is written literature is in French. The ethnic minorities in Cote d'Ivoire are: Akan, Voltaiques, Nothern Mandes, Krous and Southern Mandes. The groups are some times along but sometimes they could be very greedy.



Cote d'Ivoire lies near Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia. Its border countries are: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, and Mali. In Cote d'Ivoire the forest's interior is sparsely populated.


Defense :

There are around 5 military branches in Cote d'Ivoire which are: Army, Navy, Air force, paramilitary Gendarmerie, Republican guard(includes presidential Guard(. The military expenditures-dollar figure is: $127.7 million (FY01), and the military expenditures of the percent of GDP is :1.3% (FY01).The certain age in order of joining the military is 18. The men that are fit for military service are males from ages 15-49 which calculated equals a percentage of 2,071,011.



The economy of Cote d'Ivoire is primarily agricultural. It is also among the world’s largest producers and exporters of coffee cocoa beans and palm oil. 60% of the total labor force is employed in farming and forestry. This engages to 68% of the countries population. The government has had attempts to diversify the economy. However the government does these attempts on the economy to avoid dependence on a small number of export crops. The environment international agreements in Cote d'Ivoire are party to: Biodiversity, Climate change, Desertification, Endangered species, hazardous wasted, Law of the sea, Marine dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Sip Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94 and wetlands. The external debt in Cote d'Ivoire is: $13.3 billion. The principal trading partners for exports are: France, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Burkina Faso, and The United States. The chief partners for imports are: The United States Ghana, Germany and Italy.


Views of world problems:

Cote d'Ivoire belongs to the organization of African Unity. Cote d'Ivoire has had several of governmental problems with Liberia. It has a population of 1 million people who live with AIDs. Disease's and sicknesses are scattered in a huge amount, that's one of the major problems in Cote d'Ivoire. It has made an active cultural program with the United States and has had peace treaties signed by countries to make Cote d'Ivoire a better country. Some of Cote d'Ivoire's allies are France and the United States. They are many organizations that Cote'd'Ivoire are in ACP, AfDB, CCC, ECA, ECOWAS, Entente, FAO, FZ, G-24, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OAU, OIC, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WADB (regional), WAEMU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WtrO



The history of Cote'd'Ivoire is full of important dates and events that took place and had an effect on the way the people of Cote'd'Ivoire live today. Portuguese explorers reached the coast in the 15th century and began trading in slave and ivory. In the 1830's the French signed treaties with coastal rulers and that's when the Europeans penetrated in land. Cote'd'Ivoire was made a colony 1893 as part of the French expansion of West Africa. In 1904 Cote'd'Ivoire became a constitute territory of the federation of French West Africa. In 1919 the northern part of the colony was attached to form part of the new colony I Upper Volta.

The first major African political party emerged from the organization of Felix Houphouet-Biogny who was a Baule chief, farmer and a doctor .His party was first opposed by the French administration and the tension flared into violence in 1949. In 1950 Houphouet-Biogny began to cooperate with the French. On December 4, 1958 Cote'd'Ivoire was proclaimed a republic within the French Community ..Houphouet was elected a president in November 1960 .Cote'd'Ivoire enjoyed political stability a great economic growth during the 1960' and 1970's.

Houphouet dies in office in 1993 ad was replaced as president by the head of the National Assembly Henri Konan Bedie .in 1994, Bedie oversaw the adoption of new electoral laws requiring candidates for public office to be of direct Ivorian descent meaning that the candidate and both of his and her parents had to have been born in Cote'd'Ivoire. In 1999 Bedie's government was overthrown in a bloodless military coup, the first coup in the nation's history. Robert Guei, who is a former military chief armed the presidency following the coup. A new constitution retained the electoral restrictions regarding Ivorian descent. Cote'd'Ivoire' history shows the difference of how it was and what it has become now.



Policy Statements





Opening Speech

Hello fellow delegates, honorable chairs and most distinguished guests.

Enriched chocolates from cocoa beans, I am the queen of it all, Its dazzling soil under my feet and burning sun on my back, though it suffers it will not die,

Thank you allies for signing the peace treaties to make Cote'd'ivoire a better country and a long lasting nation that stands as one of the treasures of African countries. Really the mot important and affective issue to my country is the issue of securing food and water resources in times of war and famine. As I noted earlier though starvation is part of what's taking place in my country it will not die but will
live forever.

Merci beaucoup.