The Euromoney Côte d’Ivoire Conference


Daniel Kablan Duncan

Vice President

Daniel Kablan Duncan is an Ivorian statesman. He was born on June 30th, 1943, in Ouellé, in the Centre-east of Côte d’Ivoire. He is currently the Vice President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire since 10th January 2017. Before being vice-president, Mr Duncan has been twice Prime Minister of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (from 1993 to 1999 and from 2012 to 2017).
Daniel Kablan Duncan is a top-ranking member of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI) and is well-known for being a hard worker and for his remarkable moral integrity.
After he passed his A-levels with mathematics bias in Côte d’Ivoire in June, 1963, he attended various high schools in France to graduate as international trade engineer. He then successively attended the ICN Business School of Nancy, EDHEC Business School of Lille, Bordeaux Management School and Paris International Business School, from 1964 to 1968. He also attended British and Spanish Chambers of Paris to graduate in English and Spanish with business specialisation.
Kablan Duncan began his professional life as a state employee at the ministry of Economy and Finance. He was appointed assistant director of interventions and foreign economic relations from 1970 to 1073.
In 1973 he joined the International Monetary Fund Institute for a 6 month term in analysis and financial policies before he was recruited as ‘special appointee’ in the IMF staff.
He left the IMF in 1974 for the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) in Abidjan, first as head of the research department and later on as national deputy-director of BCEAO in Côte d’Ivoire. He kept that position until 1986 before he was appointed general manager of the National Social Security Fund (CNPS) for one year.
Daniel Kablan Duncan returned to the BCEAO one year later, but this time was appointed at the headquarters of the central bank in Senegal, as central director of property and information technologies, from 1989 to 1990.

In 1990, from July to November, he was appointed Minister of Economy and Finance in the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.
From November 1990 to December 1993 he was appointed Minister of Economy, Finance, Budget, Planning, Trade and Industry reporting to the Prime Minister. He was one of the major actors of the stabilisation of the country following the acute economic crisis of the 1980s.

In December, when President Henri Konan Bedie took office he appointed Kablan Duncan as Prime Minister. He held the office until the coup d’état on December 23rd, 1999. During his office, he successfully managed the devaluation of the CFA franc that occurred in January 1994 by minimising its side social effects and also by working out and implementing a successful program for the recovery of the Ivorian economy.

On June 1st, 2011, after President Alassane Ouattara solemnly took office out of the post-election crisis, Kablan Duncan was appointed Senior Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
On November 21st, 2012, he was once more appointed Prime Minister of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire holding this office cumulatively with the charge of Minister of Economy, Finance and Budget.
On 10th January 2017 Daniel Kablan Duncan was appointed Vice President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. Prior to that, he has been elected Member of Parliament of his native city of Grand-Bassam on 18th December 2016 elections.

Beside the French language, Prime Minister Kablan Duncan is fluent in English and Spanish.
He is married and has a child. He regularly does sport, namely swimming, in spite of being busy working all day long.

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