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UPDATE 1-Ivory Coast sees 2013 growth surge, bigger budget

Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:44 AM ET

* Gov't to propose 17 pct budget increase in 2013

* GDP growth seen at 9 pct in 2013, from 8.6 pct in 2012

* West African state rebounding from 2011 civil war

(Adds details, quotes) By Ange Aboa

ABIDJAN, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's government will propose a 17 percent increase in the budget for 2013, expecting robust economic growth, spokesman Bruno Kone said on Tuesday.

The country, once the economic engine of French-speaking West Africa, is rebounding from a 2011 civil war. The government says it has now closed the book on a decade of turmoil and paved the way for renewed investment.

"The 2013 budget was adopted by the cabinet and will be presented to parliament tomorrow, but I can tell you it totals 3,814 billion CFA francs ($7.52 billion), or an increase of 17 percent over 2012," Kone told reporters.

He said the country's economic growth will accelerate to 9 percent in 2013 from 8.6 percent in 2012. Gross domestic product (GDP) was previously expected to grow by 8.1 percent in 2012.

Kone added the budget included investment spending of 1,031 billion CFA, up from 600 billion CFA in 2012.

"This is a record because it has practically doubled," he said. He did not detail how the money would be used.

Ivory Coast is the world's top grower of cocoa and holds rich mineral deposits.

A civil war erupted in 2011 after a disputed election, killing more than 3,000 people and shutting the country's ports for months.

Former President Laurent Gbagbo, ousted in the war after refusing to accept defeat in his bid for reelection, is facing war crimes charges at The Hague. ($1 = 507.1180 CFA francs)

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

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