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Marcel Amon Tanoh

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Marcel Amon Tanoh was born on November 25th, 1951 in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire. He has been serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Republic of Côte D’Ivoire since January 11th, 2017.

Amon Tanoh studied sociology at the University of Paris VIII and at the National University of Côte D’Ivoire. After his studies, he worked at a Parisian research institute ‘Sondages Economiques et Commerciaux’. Following his work in Paris, Amon Tanoh returned to Côte D’Ivoire and worked as secretary general to the city council of Cocody (Abidjan). Amon Tanoh then left the private sector to return to private sector in France. He firstly worked as general director at an Ivorian production and trade group in Paris (Société Ivoirienne de Confection et Diffusion à Paris) from 1983 to 1986. After this he served as president of the African Commodity Trading Company Limited UK in London until 1992. Between 1986 and 1996 he was simultaneously working at various agriculture trading companies in Europe focusing on trade with his home country. In 1996 he began working as general director of the trade organization E.R.F. (Etudes, Recherches, et Financements). In 1999 he became the director of the cabinet under president Ouattara. Since his reentrance into politics in 1999 he has stayed: in 2002 he was appointed Minister of Transport, in 2003 Minister of Tourism, in 2005 Minister of Construction, Urban Planning and Housing, and in 2010 he returned to his previous position as cabinet director. On January 11th, 2017 Marcel Amon Tanoh was given the job of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Côte D’Ivoire.