By Joël Touré, Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank Côte d’Ivoire

Thanks in part to a range of business-friendly reforms in recent years, Côte d’Ivoire is expected to have escaped a recession in 2020 even as the global and regional economy shrunk. As one of the world’s fastest growing markets, the west African country is increasingly appealing to investors from the UK and other financial hubs.

The World Bank estimates that Côte d’Ivoire’s economy grew in real ...