Cheick Oumar Ouattara
the ivorian Cheick Oumar Ouattara is the new Country Representative of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). He has just been appointed by the financial institution following the opening of its office in Abidjan.
Man of the seraglio, before his appointment, Cheick Oumar Ouattara held the position of Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Planning and Development in charge of the management of Arab funds. A civil engineer, he holds a degree in management and an MBA in finance from McGill and Laval universities (Canada). He has extensive experience in resource mobilization and project and program management.
The IDB Country Representative began his career in Canada as a Civil Engineer in the private sector at CN Railways (1997-1999), then at Helimax Energy Inc. (1999-2000), in the areas of railway infrastructure design and hydroelectric dams.
He then joined the Ministry of the Economy as Regional Advisor (2000 to 2002), then Senior Advisor in charge of the Infrastructure, Energy and Environment sectors (2002 to 2008) where he ensured the development and implementation of sectoral plans as well as as the management of strategic investment programs and tax credits for industrial research. The former Advisor will eventually join the office of the President and CEO of the Commission de la Construction du Québec as Strategic Advisor (2008 to 2013). In this position, he develops and implements the organization’s strategic plan and administers a vast program to fight against corruption and tax evasion in the construction sector, generating annual recoveries of more than 350 million Canadian dollars.
Back in Ivory Coast, Cheick Oumar Ouattara led as National Coordinator, the country’s admission to the American Threshold and Compact programs of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) from 2013 to 2016 resulting in a donation of 288 billion CFA francs to the Ivorian State, then the restructuring of the National Community Development Program (2016 to 2018). He was also a member of the National Privatization Committee and the National Steering Committee for Public-Private Partnerships in Côte d’Ivoire.
He is the co-author of a guide on project management and has several publications and a professional excellence award to his credit. It is therefore as a fine connoisseur of the economic files that link Côte d’Ivoire to the banking institution that the Ivorian takes control of the representation of the IDB in Côte d’Ivoire.
It should also be noted that the IDB has a total investment of 600 billion FCFA in Côte d’Ivoire, which should reach 1,000 billion FCFA by the end of 2022.
Through its local representation, the institution wishes to consolidate the monitoring of its portfolio of projects which covers the sectors of road transport, sanitation, drinking water, agriculture, health, education , technical education, and microfinance.