Master plan for the Free Zone of Grand-Bassam

Ivory Coast


African Development Bank
VITIB (Village des Technologies de l’Information et de la Biotechnologie)


Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast



Project Description

The first-ever Ivorian Free-zone, namely the Free-zone of Biotechnology and ICT (ZBTIC) has been launched in the framework of the new National Development Program 2016-2020. The ZBTIC is conceived to host hi-tech industries with a high potential for growth and job creation.

The ZBTIC is located in proximity of the town of Grand-Bassam, a seaside destination and historic city (UNESCO World Heritage Site), not far from the economic capital Abidjan. The site is located in an articulated hydrographic system, including the lagoon Ebrié and the river Comoé.

In this context, the African Development Bank has been supporting the implementation of ZBTIC through technical assistance to VITIB SA, a Joint venture of the government with national and international private partners.

Scope of Services

Urban, engineering and architectural studies for the development of the area; building control regulation for the residential and commercial zone of 62 ha;overall site plan of 242 ha;3D and 4D virtual models of the whole project.