Embassy of Belgium in Côte d'Ivoire

Belgium in Côte d'Ivoire

Welcome to our website

Due to the Coronacrisis, the Embassy is open to visitors only by appointment, that can be requested exclusively online by following this link : Online appointement 

Welcome on the website of the Embassy of Belgium in Abidjan, Akwaba! 

It is a priority for our team at the Embassy to provide to Belgians in our jurisdiction a high quality service. We can help you in various circumstances, for example if you just moved to Côte d’Ivoire and wish to register at the Consulate, if you lost your ID documents, or if you are in need of consular assistance. If you are located in Ghana, Liberia or Sierra Leone (the three other countries of our jurisdiction), you can also seek Consular assistance by contacting our Honorary Consulates in Accra, Monrovia and Freetown.  

You will also find on our website information about visa application. In Abidjan (for Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone and long stay visa for Ghana), applications have to be submitted to our external partner VFS. Short stay visa applications from Ghana can be submitted to the Swiss Embassy in Accra. In that area as well, user satisfaction and quality of service are a priority for us.    
 
Our embassy is also active in several other areas. Our role is to strengthen the relationship and to intensify exchanges between Belgium, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This is of utmost importance for an optimal collaboration within international organization (in 2019, Belgium and Ivory Coast are both sitting in the UN Security Council), as well as for the substantial economic and commercial interests. The presence of numerous Belgian investors and the trade flows contribute to the sustainable economic growth of the region and to creating jobs in the countries of the jurisdiction as well as in Belgium. To this end, the Embassy has regular contacts with the authorities and with the local private sector. Businesses can also get support through different financial instruments : Finexpo, for the financing of exportations; or Credendo, to insure companies and banks against political and commercial risks of international commercial transactions. Our Embassy works in close collaboration with the Economic and Commercial Attaché for the three regions (AWEX, FIT, hub.brussels), who shares our office and who’s role is to support Belgian businesses. Another important partner of the Embassy is the Belgian Chamber of Commerce.  

Belgium also demonstrates solidarity with the region, for example some years ago when Sierra Leone and Liberia had to endure the Ebola epidemic. Our country contributes to the development of the region through various means : financing of projects of non-governmental actors, support to the European Union, to the African Development Bank (which has its headquarters in Abidjan) and to United Nations. Furthermore, the Belgian development bank, BIO, has recently decided to open an office in Abidjan.  

I hope you will find all the necessary information on this website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at the following email address abidan@diplobel.fed.be, should you have any suggestions to improve the services of the Embassy or of the Honorary Consulates.  
 
Best regards,   
 
Michael Wimmer
Ambassador

 

News

25 Sep

This Friday September 25, Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin will co-chair a high-level event dedicated to the humanitarian impact of combined conflict, climate and environmental risks with the European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic and the Minister of Environment of Niger Almoustapha Garba. This event is organized in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

24 Sep

Today the virtual ministerial meeting on R2P - the Responsibility to Protect - will take place in the margins of the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

24 Sep

Minister of Foreign Affairs Philippe Goffin participates today to a high-level debate of the United Nations Security Council on the theme "Global governance after the COVID-19 pandemic".

21 Sep

September 21 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Belgium is a founding member of the UN and the very first President of the General Assembly was Belgian Foreign Minister Paul-Henri Spaak. Faced with the challenges of our time, Belgium remains more than ever convinced of the importance of the role of the UN and multilateralism in the search for effective and harmonious solutions fostering peace and sustainable development. This commitment is also demonstrated by its mandate in the Security Council, where Belgium was elected for the 6th time.

17 Sep

Belgium is following the situation in Belarus closely and with growing concern. In recent weeks, credible reports of violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country have continued to multiply. Therefore, on 17 September 2020, Belgium decided to invoke, together with 16 other participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a mechanism to mandate an expert mission to examine these concerns, to provide recommendations and to advice on possible solutions.