Jean-Louis Billon

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Jean Louis Billon
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Minister of Commerce
Assumed office
May 18, 2015
President Alassane Ouattara
Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan
Preceded by himself
Minister of Trade, Crafts and SME
In office
November 22, 2015 – May 17, 2015
President Alassane Ouattara
Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan
Preceded by Sidiki Konaté
Succeeded by himself
Personal details
Born December 8, 1964
Bouaké, Vallée du Bandama
Political party RDR
Spouse(s) Henriette Gomis
Education Master in Business Law at the University of Montpellier
Profession Former SIFCA CEO
Former President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ivory Coast

Jean-Louis Billon (born December 8, 1964) is an actor of political and economic Ivorian life, currently Minister of Commerce.[1] He is married to Henriette Gomis since 1994.


After a childhood spent between Abidjan and Dabakala, birthplace of his father (Pierre Billon), he obtained a Master in Business Law at the University of Montpellier and a degree from the Institute of Higher National Defence Studies.

Then, he went to the USA for a Master in International Business Management at the University of Florida. He began his career in Wisconsin, as sales manager of Grace Cocoa.

In 2001, he took the head of the family business and became mayor of Dabakala, a position he held until his appointment to the chair of the Regional Council of Hambol in 2013.[2]

Economic involvement[edit]

Business manager from 2002 to 2012.

[3] Jean-Louis Billon was named socioeconomic adviser in 2001, Vice-President of the WAEMU Regional Chamber in 2002 and Vice President for West Africa of the Permanent Conference of African and Francophone Consular Chambers in 2004.

That same year he participated with some members of the Ivorian civil society (CSCI) to the development of scenarios, in order to help the country to emerge from the crisis. Indeed, he launched a campaign across Europe and emerging countries, for example with a meeting at the MEDEF in Paris on 26 May 2008, where he was asking for the return of French investors in Ivory Coast.

In 2009 he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBA Bank.

Political career[edit]

Appointed Minister of Trade, Crafts and SME on November 22, 2012, by President Alassane Ouattara, Jean-Louis Billon is currently Minister of Trade of Ivory Coast.[4]

During his first term, he has defined an institutional and regulatory framework for the activities of crafts and SMEs, to improve their creation and development. On this purpose, he is the creator of the Phoenix Project, in an ongoing wish to enhance African companies.

Various other actions took place during Jean-Louis Billon’s term. Among them, the rehabilitation of Artisanal Centre of Grand-Bassam, the creation of the first Ivorian Market Handicrafts (MIVA),[5] or the launch of the project « The Agency » for SMEs, including the establishment of a guarantee fund and business incubators.

Sporting commitment[edit]

In addition to his socio-economic and political engagement, Jean-Louis Billon is attached to the sport culture of his country. On 13 December 2007, he became head of the National Committee of Support for Elephants, which he resigned June 27, 2010 after the World campaign in South Africa.


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