After Côte d’Ivoire was declared as an independent country in 1960, the government’s option in favor of culture was to identify and promote our cultural heritage in both its richness and diversity.

The implementation of this vast inventory program of Ivorian cultural heritage has made it possible to identify thousands of intangible cultural properties, thousands of antiquities and a very rich collection of artistic and cultural objects throughout the Ivorian territory.

Aside from this achievement, it has resulted in significant achievements :

  • At the level of the organic framework, we may mention Law No. 87-806 of 28 July 1987, on the protection of cultural heritage, and Law No. 96-564 of 25 July 1996, on the protection of intellectual works and their beneficiaries, in order to guarantee an institutional and legal framework for the regulation, organization and development of Ivorian culture.
  • With regard to the promotion of Côte d’Ivoire’s wide heritage, the enhancement of heritage elements that have been awarded the UNESCO label, such as the historic city of Grand-Bassam, Djéguélé (practice and cultural expression of the Senoufo communities of Côte d’Ivoire) and Zaouli, popular music and dance of the Gouro communities, has increased the visibility of cultural tourism development and increased the income from related activities.

Today, Côte d’Ivoire’s cultural influence at the international level has been made possible thanks to its dynamism in artistic and cultural expression, through the multiplicity of festivals specific to each region, as well as its participation in major international cultural events.

This cultural dynamism has enabled our countries’ cultural policy rating agencies to rank Côte d’Ivoire among the best performing countries in Africa and the ACP countries.

Thus, at the Cinema level, our country ranks in
5th position, after Nigeria, South Africa, Morocco, and Egypt. In terms of copyright management, the Bureau Ivoirien du Droit d’Auteur (BURIDA), which went bankrupt in 2011, ranks third according to the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), after South Africa and Algeria in terms of the volume of rights collected and distributed to artists.

The Executive Secretariat of the ACP countries, at its last conference of Ministers of Culture in Brussels in December 2017, cited our country as the 4th ACP country with a dynamic cultural and creative industry, after Nigeria, South Africa, and Morocco. Our country was warmly congratulated on this occasion.

In any case, Côte d’Ivoire remains a major cultural and artistic site because throughout its territory there are many cultural expressions, thousands of antiquities and a very large collection of artwork that are constantly updated by our archaeologists and historians.

The Ivorian Government gives great importance to the safeguarding and transmission of its heritage, which remains not only useful for the country’s respect and intercultural dialogue but also adds a fairly considerable economic value to its development.

As proof, the field of culture contributes 3.8% to the GDP of our country. Culture is, therefore, an essential and important sector that keeps pace with our prodigious development.


Maurice Kouakou BANDAMAN