Societe Generale in Africa

A solid presence

For over 100 years, Societe Generale has been present in Africa and today counts activities in 18 countries. Beyond our commitment to local economies, the Group also supports and partners numerous charitable associations and projects through its Foundation and other local initiatives encouraging, for example, professional integration, the fight against social insecurity and skills development.

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Developing an export presence in Côte d'Ivoire

Nine innovative French companies have been selected to take part in the "Mission Smart Energy Côte d'Ivoire" initiative spearheaded by Societe Generale and Bpifrance, in partnership with Business France. This initiative promotes and accompanies French excellence in this fast-growing country, within the framework of its energy transition.

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History

Societe Generale in Abidjan

The first sites in sub-Saharan Africa

In 1941, Societe Generale decided to move into Abidjan. In the midst of the Second World War, the Bank was no doubt looking for bases further afield and for new resources. It was probably also part of a more general globalisation trend.

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SGBCI's headquarters in Abidjan

SGBCI's headquarters: The jewel in Abidjan's crown

In the autumn of 1965, Société Générale de Banques en Côte-d'Ivoire (SGBCI) inaugurated its new headquarters in Abidjan, an impressive architectural achievement combining functionality with art and symbols of that country.

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