Sunday, May 12, 2013

Assignment in Abidjan

Today I would like to discuss Abidjan in Cote D'Ivoire. If you were to be sent to Abidjan on an expatriate assignment or if you were to relocate there, you are likely to experience weather that is tropical along coast, semiarid in the far north with three seasons - warm and dry (November to March), hot and dry (March to May) and hot and wet (June to October). You will meet people who speak French and Indigenous languages.

The cost of clothing and food and beverages is average. The cost of housing and transport is very low. Abidjan is the economic and former official capital of Cote D'Ivoire as well as the largest city. Abidjan is characterized by high industrialization and urbanization. Major industries include food processing, lumber, automobile manufacturing, and the manufacture of textiles, chemicals, and soap.

From a day to day comfort perspective, you are likely to experience extreme hardship. Be sure to negotiate an appropriate salary or allowance to compensate for the cost of living. If you live in Abidjan or if you lived there recently, let us know what your experience has been. Would you live in Abidjan again?


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