Burkina Faso

GDP (US$) $10.68 billion, 2015
Population 18.11 million, 2015
Source: World Bank data

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Burkina Faso is a landlocked country, its economic growth largely tied to global prices for its cotton and gold. It is also a regional trade center for many Trade Hub-supported products, including livestock and cereals, cashew, shea, mango and apparel. Through development of these regional commodities and global export products, the West Africa Trade Hub improves private sector capacity, with support from the AGOA Trade Resource Center in Ouagadougou, which educates exporters on trading throughout the regional as well as to the U.S. and globally.

In Burkina Faso, home base of the regional government Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine (UEMOA), the Trade Hub partners with the national government and private sector organizations like the Chambre de Commerce d’Industrie et d’Artisanat du Burkina Faso, and COFENABVI, West Africa’s regional livestock organization. Through agreements with financial institutions, the Trade Hub is laying the foundation for its network of financial advisors to support firms within its targeted value chains. The Trade Hub also works extensively in Burkina Faso with the Borderless Alliance and others to streamline cargo transport, specifically along the Tema-Ouagadougou and Paga-Dakola trade corridors.

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Burkina Faso News

  • Mango exporter securing better supply, thanks to Trade Hub industry support

    February 20, 2017
    The spectrum of Trade Hub support for West Africa’s mango industry runs from production and processing quality trainings to an upcoming international buyers’ symposium in the region’s mango belt. Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, USAID’s Deputy Trade Africa Coordinator, heard during a Feb. 9 tour how this support is improving raw material quality and sourcing for leading Ghanaian ...
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  • Readying financial access program for small women-owned businesses in Côte d’Ivoire

    February 13, 2017
    The Trade Hub’s finance and investment specialists held a series of meetings from January 30 to February 3 with prospective beneficiaries of the Trade Hub’s Gender Access to Finance Strategy, soon to be rolled out in Côte d’Ivoire. Business Development Services Specialist Ms. Kafui Djonou, Finance and Investment Specialist Mr. Charles Adegnandjou and a local consultant ...
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  • Trade Hub finds new mango source for Ghanaian exporter—in Côte d’Ivoire

    February 13, 2017
    HPW Dry and Fresh Limited, a Ghana-based subsidiary of HPW Limited, will this year source an additional 1,000 metric tons of fresh mangoes from Ivorian producers, thanks to the Trade Hub’s regional trade facilitation. During a January 31 to February 1 sourcing mission by HPW’s managing director, Mr. Maik Blaser, the Hub’s mango team in Côte ...
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  • In Côte d’Ivoire, two financial institutions coached in lending practices for smaller agribusinesses

    February 13, 2017
    Ivorian bank officials learned risk management strategies for agribusinesses and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub coaching mission in three cities, Jan. 27-Feb. 3. The training for Coris Bank and Oikocredit  agents followed a 2016 agreement between the two banks and USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) to expand loan opportunities ...
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  • Regional Market Information System for livestock—and perhaps much more—moves closer to launch

    February 6, 2017
    A Market Information System (MIS) for West Africa’s livestock sector should launch in a few weeks, with the Trade Hub’s facilitation support to integrate the needs of COFENABVI with the new CILSS program, during a January 27 meeting with key stakeholders in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Trade Hub’s Value Chain Team Lead, Bill Noble, and Livestock ...
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  • Nearly 200 bring ideas and requests to AGOA workshops in Burkina Faso and Liberia

    February 6, 2017
    About 50 people—including 24 women—participated in an Africa Growth Opportunities Act workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 26. The workshop, “AGOA and Export Opportunities to the U.S. Market for Burkina Enterprises. U.S Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Andrew R. Young opened the workshop and called on exporters to leverage the platform created by the workshop and ...
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  • Burkinabe mango exporter receives crates to boost post-harvest quality

    January 30, 2017
    Rose Eclat, a mango processer that exports dried mangoes from Burkina Faso to several European countries, received 1,050 harvesting plastic crates valued at $15,000 under a Trade Hub grant. The crates, presented on January 20, will help transport mangoes from various growers to the factory for cleaning and drying prior to being exported. “We believe that the ...
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  • Trade Hub collaboration with USAID project will support region’s farmers and traders

    January 30, 2017
    The Trade Hub and Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Accelerated Growth (REGIS-AG) will soon sign a partnership agreement to leverage support for West Africa’s farmers and agricultural traders. In meetings in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in mid-January and December 2016, officials from the two USAID projects identified areas where the projects could join forces ...
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  • Access to Finance Gender Strategy launches in Côte d’Ivoire, opens financing for Ivorian women-owned businesses

    December 20, 2016
    The Trade Hub officially extended its Access to Finance Gender Strategy to Côte d’Ivoire through a series of events from November 28-December 4 in Abidjan. NSIA Banque worked with the Trade Hub’s finance and investment Specialist, Charles Adegnandjou, to select 30 women entrepreneurs whose small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a solid management structure, a ...
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  • Niger livestock network to modernize trade through formalized record keeping

    December 20, 2016
    The Trade Hub brokered a November 28-29 meeting between livestock fatteners’ networks from Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso to encourage the Niger Livestock Fatteners’ Network to fatten livestock for sale in regional markets and to formalize its process of record keeping on these transactions. The Niger Livestock Fatteners’ Network was established in April 2016 for ...
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  • Cereals forum draws sector representatives from across Africa and Europe

    December 12, 2016
    More than 200 cereals sector stakeholders from West, East and Southern Africa, as well as several European countries, came together at a conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at a forum organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The Trade Hub contributed financially to the program, which included officials ...
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  • Seminar in Burkina Faso trains financiers on facilitating $20 million in financing to agribusinesses

    December 12, 2016
    From December 3-5, the Trade Hub teamed with Coris Bank International to train 16 bank staff and the Hub’s Burkinabe Financial Advisors on “Financing of Agribusiness Value Chains” in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Jean-Francois Guay, the Hub’s Finance and Investment Team Lead, and Gerard Mariotte, an international finance consultant, developed and led the training modules for the ...
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  • Guinean officials urged to lift certificate of origin requirement

    December 5, 2016
    Kossi Dahoui, the Trade Hub’s transport export, traveled to Conakry in early November to urge government officials to lift Certificate of Origin requirement for traders of agricultural products, part of the Trade Hub’s ongoing campaign to lift this burdensome obstacle to trade and food security. Demanding certificates of origin for fresh staple crops—often a pretext for ...
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  • Agreement reached on Hub support for livestock sector through regional & Ghanaian associations

    December 5, 2016
    The board of directors of West Africa’s livestock association met with Trade Hub leadership on upcoming priorities to develop the sector at a Nov. 15-16 meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. At the board meeting of COFENABVI (Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest), all parties reviewed priorities ...
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  • Women-owned businesses in Burkina Faso continue to thrive under the Hub’s Access to Finance Strategy

    November 28, 2016
    As part of its Gender Access to Finance Strategy, the Trade Hub is working with women cereals processors in Burkina Faso to access streams of financing to grow their businesses. From November 7-19, the Hub’s Business Development Specialist, Kafui Djonou, met with these women in Ouagadougou and Bobo to assess how these loans have impacted ...
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