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Cote d’Ivoire Sanctions Removed

On November 13, 2017, OFAC removed the Cote d’Ivoire Sanctions Regulations from the Federal Register. This was a product of the termination of the national emergency by President Obama in September 2016. A national emergency had been declared in regards to Cote d’Ivoire in February 2006, and the sanction program for the country was implemented on February 7, 2006.  Conditions that led to the original sanctions in 2006 included widespread human rights abuses, murder of civilians, and attacks against international peacekeeping forces. U.S. businesses and citizens were forbidden from engaging in businesses with listed persons as well as those who have aided the Cote d’Ivoire military or constituting a threat to the peace and reconciliation process.


In September 2016, noting the changed situation in the country and the removal of the UN sanctions, the President terminated the national emergency that gave rise to the OFAC sanctions and OFAC decided to remove the Cote d’Ivoire Sanctions from the CFR.


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