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terrabo-Ingénieur Conseil; Côte d’Ivoire’s Leading Engineering Consultancy

Empowered with a comprehensive policy of Quality Management, this Abidjan-based firm expands internationally

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Country profile:
Côte d’Ivoire, also known at the Ivory Coast, is located just west of Ghana in West Africa. The country’s first official census, in 1975, returned a population of 6.7 million. In 2014, the most recent estimate showed that Côte d’Ivoire grew into a country of around 24 million people. Quadrupling the population in 40 years is an incredible rate of growth, one that mirrors the overall trend in the region. Many analysts predict that West Africa will be home to most of the world’s largest cities by 2100.

Côte d’Ivoire’s main population centers are its political capital, the inland city of Yamoussoukro, and its economic power and largest city, Abidjan, a coastal metropolis and port city located along the Atlantic Ocean. Côte d’Ivoire, a country known for its beach resorts and French colonial heritage, is a place that holds on to its roots in its culture and values while simultaneously carving out a future as a stronghold of commerce, skilled services, and political leadership.

Economically, Côte d’Ivoire has traditionally relied on its rich agricultural landscape as the backbone of its commercial activity. Cocoa, in particular, has been a mainstay, and 70% of the population are involved in at least some form of agriculture. But that’s been changing. Ever since 1994, the Ivorian economy has been growing steadily. Compared to many of its peer-countries, Côte d’Ivoire has impressive levels of infrastructure, with thousands of miles of paved roads, modern telecom services, plenty of real estate development, and the most modern port in West Africa, Abidjan.

Abidjan, in particular, is the leading edge of the Ivorian future. Its well-regarded schools, universities, and living conditions have made it a popular destination for travelers and expatriates alike, and it has become home to some impressive entrepreneurial activity. Services are the biggest sector in the country by GDP contribution, accounting for 51% of the economy each year. Founded in 1996, terrabo-Ingénieur Conseil, an engineering services company, is one of the best to come out of the Abidjan service sector, and is renowned internationally for its quality.

Engineering in Francophone Africa

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terrabo-Ingénieur Conseil, based in Abidjan, is an engineering consultancy that operates in much of Francophone Africa, including in countries such as Benin, Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea and the Congo. Seraphin Kouame, CEO, has built a firm that provides engineering services in the areas of transport infrastructure, water and energy, construction and real estate, environment and society, and more.

terrabo is made up of over 150 employees, representing some of the best engineering, mathematical, and tech talent in the region. With comprehensive training and development programs, terrabo works hard to enable its men and women to achieve their full potentials. The team prides itself on consistently completing work on deadline, within budget, and always striving for the highest quality. With rigor, discipline, and creativity in design, terrabo provides comprehensive and integrated solutions to its clients.

Across the continent, impressive works in construction, infrastructure, and industry are transforming the continent. Firms like terrabo-Ingénieur Conseil, with their homegrown talent and high quality services, are helping Africa to achieve its huge potential. By designing with quality, and ensuring for productivity and long-lasting performance, terrabo contributes a lot to its country, both economically and by building its reputation abroad.

For its Total Quality Management, development of personnel, and excellent work, terrabo-Ingénieur Conseil is being recognized with the 2016 BID Quality Award, one of the highest recognitions for organizational quality and excellence in the world.


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.