Posted by: Martin | December 27, 2011

Questions Batch 3

It’s been a while since last time, but I used to collect unanswered questions that have come up in past blogposts. Here is a new batch:

(1) This one is from drogbascountry:

Many people in the large middle class area of Cocody, as elsewhere, own homes that are worth a lot of money, and the roads are filled with large expensive saloon cars and 4×4. […] you often see finer cars than you see in Paris, clubs where champagne is drunk like orange juice and vast mansions in Cocody?

So where does the money come from?

I tried to answer in the comments, but I think there’s more to say on this one.

(2) In the post about Customs I found a graph of US government spending from 1870. One of the expenditure categories was “Indians”.  I have a feeling this spending didn’t do the Indians much good, probably quite the opposite, but what was it?

Silly Walks was only in the planning stage in 1870

(3) Why are there so few apartments for sale in Abidjan, and instead whole buildings are for sale?  Mentioned in the Abidjan Real Estate post.

(4) How is the GDP for the Ivory Coast put together?  What are the various components? / what assumptions are made? / how is the informal sector treated?    I have no idea, but I’d really like to know, and it should be possible to figure out.

(5) How would the Ivory Coast be affected by a break-up of the Eurozone?  This one might be impossible to know for sure, but it’s a good topic for speculations.


Responses

  1. Well, i’ve been here in Cote d’Ivoire for just about 12 years, and I can’t give you any real answers to your questions. Cote d’Ivoire is, at times, riddled with paradox, and enigmas. Both that it one of the reasons I find Cote d’Ivoire so appealing and challenging !!

    I notice you mention (the Ministry of) Silly Walks in your question relating to US expenditure. I must remind you that the Ministry of Silly Walks is a pure English Invention, !!!

    So, as a rather bumpy year is coming and end in Cote d’Ivoire, I would like to wish everyone who reads this blog a very Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2012, and hope that some of you, in fact, many of you will come and visit Cote d’Ivoire and discover just what an extra-ordinary country it is.

  2. > Cote d’Ivoire is, at times, riddled with paradox, and enigmas.

    Indeed.

    Well, as they say, mes voeux de sante, prosperite, bonheur et (optionally) beaucoup d’enfants! Will definitely visit in 2012!


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