The employers’ organisation DECP is working with in Ivory Coast is CGECI. CGECI stands for ‘Confédération Générale des Entreprises de Côte d’Ivoire’. Ivory Coast is a French speaking country with around 25 million inhabitants. CGECI represents 26 economic sectors who together count more than 3.500 member companies. In addition CGECI has 176 member companies. Together this stand for a turn-over of more than 21 billion euros and 200.000 employees. This makes CGECI the voice of business. The head office is located in the city of Abidjan, the former capital which is the most important economic region of the country.
CGECI has a professional staff of 40 employees. As a team they offer a variety of expertise’s like legal and fiscal services, export promotion, international cooperation, collective bargaining agreements and human resource management.
As a member of the FOPAO (Federation of West African Employers’ Associations) CGECI is having several main issues in common with neighbouring countries like membership management, developing social dialogue and skills development. CGECI and DECP started cooperation in 2018 by organizing a cross-cutting workshop on skills development in Abidjan. Eight FOPAO members participated and exchanged challenges, ideas and solutions. This inspired CGECI and DECP to set-up a country specific programme on bridging the gap between the competence needs of certain economic sectors and schools for vocational education. Furthermore, a cross-cutting programme on social dialogue has been set up to be carried out as a pilot as from 2019.