Embassy of Belgium in Côte d'Ivoire

Belgium in Côte d'Ivoire

Welcome to our website

Due to the Coronacrisis, the Embassy is closed for the public. All appointments have to be requested exclusively by mail to abidjan@diplobel.fed.be 

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

09 Aug

In cooperation with the UN, French President Macron is organizing a donor conference for Lebanon this afternoon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense, Philippe Goffin, will represent our country. President Trump and King Abdullah II have already confirmed their participation. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, has already released 5 million additional humanitarian aid.

08 Aug

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin, just announced that a C130 military transport aircraft will leave from Melsbroek to Beirut tonight at 8pm with urgent medical and humanitarian equipment for the victims of the huge explosion. Besides the victims and wounded, the enormous devastation has also left many people homeless. To help them, material for temporary shelter will also be sent along.

17 Jul

The world of multilateral diplomacy and international justice - of which the International Criminal Court is part - is going through a deep crisis and has to face threats and hostile action. The relevance of multilateral institutions is being questioned and countries are increasingly withdrawing into themselves. On International Justice Day, Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin emphasizes that Belgium will continue its efforts to strengthen the rule of law and the unique and essential role of the International Criminal Court.

12 Jul

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin, welcomes the compromise reached by the members of the United Nations Security Council, which extends the "cross-border" mechanism aimed at providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people for 12 months via the Bab al-Hawa border point. However, the possibilities for delivering humanitarian aid through Bab al-Salam need to be improved.

11 Jul

July 11, 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Srebrenica genocide. It was on July 11, 1995 that the town of Srebrenica fell into the hands of Bosnian-Serb forces led by General Ratko Mladic. In the days that followed, in less than a week they abducted and murdered more than 8,000 people, mostly men and teenagers, simply because they were Bosniacs.