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Ivory Coast sees 9 pct GDP growth in 2013

Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

ABIDJAN, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's economy will grow by 8.6 percent in 2012 and 9 percent in 2013, government spokesman Bruno Kone said on Tuesday following a cabinet meeting.

The West African state's economy was previously expected to grow by 8.1 percent in 2012, its first full year since a brief civil war ground business to a temporary halt.

Kone said the government would propose a 2013 budget of 3,814 billion CFA francs ($7.52 bln), up 17 percent from 2012, on the back of the robust growth projections.

(Reporting by Ange Aboa; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by David Lewis)

((richard.valdmanis@thomsonreuters.com)(+221 33 864 5076))

Keywords: IVORYCOAST BUDGET/