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IFS Rajesh Ranjan named as next Indian envoy to Ivory Coast

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Indian Foreign Service officer, Dr Rajesh Ranjan has been appointed as the next Indian Ambassador to the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire or Ivory Coast. Dr Rajesh Ranjan is currently posted as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Botswana. Dr Ranjan holds a PhD degree in Economics (Public Finance) from Allahabad University. Dr Rajesh Ranjan was Director in the Americas Division at the Ministry of External Affairs (15 July 2016-23 March 2018) and he handled issues related to India’s relations with US and Canada.

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Career of Dr Rajesh Ranjan:

  • Dr Rajesh Ranjan joined the Indian Foreign Service in December 2001. He has served in the Indian Embassy in Moscow as Second/Third Secretary dealing with Political and Commercial issues (August 2003-July 2004).
  • From August 2004-July 2007, he was posted at the Consulate General of India in St. Petersburg as Consul dealing with Commercial and Consular issues.
  • He was further posted to Indian Embassy in Addis Ababa (August 2007-July 2010) where he served as First Secretary dealing with India-Africa Political and Commercial issues including the first India-Africa Forum Summit and bilateral relationship with Ethiopia and Djibouti.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Ivory Coast Capital: Yamoussoukro;
  • Prime Minister of Ivory Coast: Patrick Achi;
  • Ivory Coast Currency: West African CFA franc;
  • Ivory Coast President: Alassane Ouattara.

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