Côte d'Ivoire is a mineral-rich country of over 322,000 square kilometres that is almost entirely underlain by the same prospective gold-rich Archean and Lower Proterozoic (Birimian) formations that extend into Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso.
In spite of the highly prospective geology, and apart from the 4.4 million ounce Tongon deposit slated for development by Randgold, there have been surprisingly few multi-million ounce discoveries. Endeavour recognized the opportunity to make strategic permit applications at a time when its competitors were not active in the country. Endeavour presently holds four exploration permits and has other applications pending in a number of other gold belts. The Agbaou gold project is Endeavour's most advanced property in Côte d'Ivoire.