Abidjan is the economic capital of Côte d'Ivoire and one of the most populous French-speaking cities in Africa. A cultural crossroads of West Africa, Abidjan is characterised by a high level of industrialisation and urbanisation. The Vridi Canal makes Abidjan an important sea port and almost all political institutions and foreign embassies continue to be located in Abidjan. Because Abidjan is also the largest city in the country and the centre of its economic activity, it has officially been designated as the "economic capital" of the country. The Abidjan Autonomous District, which encompasses the city and some of its suburbs, is one of the 14 districts of Ivory Coast. The principal stock exchange of the Cộte d'Ivoire and the other seven countries of the Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), ]Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM), is located in Abidjan. Air Ivoire has its head office in Abidjan.
Abidjan is rated High Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. High Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.
Abidjan is rated D by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. D cities are regional hub cities. Abidjan was ranked #1157 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Abidjan has a population of over 3,677,115 people. Abidjan also forms part of the wider Abidjan metropolitan area which has a population of over 5,100,000 people.