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

  • Stopping aflatoxin contamination high on agenda of regional cereals training-of-trainers

    June 19, 2017
    Representatives of Cereals Inter-professional Committees (CIC) from seven countries acquired tools for policy advocacy to improve grain trade and quality—particularly to prevent aflatoxin contamination—at a Trade Hub training in Togo, May 22-24. The three-day training-of -trainers workshop in the Togolese capital, Lomé assisted 15 members of the CIC with skills to push governments and donor agencies ...
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  • Regional livestock association learns management and communications tools

    June 12, 2017
    West Africa’s only regional livestock associations, Confederation des Federations du Bétail et de la Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO), learned new tools from the Trade Hub in late May to improve project management processes and leverage internal and external communication. The Trade Hub supports COFENABVI-AO to strengthen its financial sustainability and develop targeted services ...
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  • WAGN plans stronger project management and better branding and communications

    June 5, 2017
    A key strategic objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub is to build the capacity of its regional partner organizations namely: West African Grains Network (WAGN), Borderless Alliance (BA), Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI) and Réseau des Systèmes d’Information des Marchés en ...
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  • Food safety and packaging experts ready Burkinabe companies to meet U.S. market requirements

    May 22, 2017
    From May 8-12, Mr. Kenneth Marsh and Mr. Thomas Butterworth—two Trade Hub consultants—visited 11 export-ready companies and lead firms in Burkina Faso, before presenting at a workshop co-hosted by the Trade Hub and Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Burkina Faso (CCIBF) on May 12th . These site visits and workshop are part of the ...
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  • Borderless Alliance sparks discussion about cross border trade facilitation at annual conference

    May 22, 2017
    The Trade Hub participated in the annual conference of Borderless Alliance—a West African trade and transport advocacy organization and Trade Hub partner—in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from May 10-12.  The Trade Hub’s Mr. Chongo Mukupa, Trade and Transport Facilitation Specialist, and Mr. Kossi Dahoui, Transport Facilitation Specialist, were among the over 100 participants from the private ...
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  • Ghana-based HPW collaborates with Ivorian producers to export 2,030 MT of mangoes

    May 15, 2017
    HPW Dry and Fresh Limited (HPW), a Ghana-based mango processing company, is sourcing 2,100 metric tons (MT) of fresh mango from ECYA SERVICES Sarl, an Ivorian mango farm, and other Ivorian producers/exporters this year. Weather changes in Ghana have led to declines in mango production, causing Ghanaian companies to source mangoes from Côte d’Ivoire — a ...
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  • Encouraging regional cooperation to tackle sanitary issues in livestock trade

    May 8, 2017
    The Trade Hub project joined forces with the West African livestock association COFENABVI and the Burkinabe, Malian and Ivorian livestock federations to organize a workshop from April 25-27 on sanitary and zoo-sanitary standards in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Over 30 participants attended the workshop, including federation members, transport representatives from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire, and ...
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  • Burkina Faso’s mango industry players start planning a “cluster” approach

    May 3, 2017
    In the heart of Burkina Faso’s mango belt, the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub convened a first-time workshop attended by 45 of the country’s major mango producers, processors, exporters and related businesses and institutions. The April 24-25, 2017 workshop in Bobo-Dioulasso launched deep discussions about a regional collaborative or “cluster” approach to addressing ...
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  • Your packaging is your ambassador, women entrepreneurs learn at workshop

    May 3, 2017
    Thirty female entrepreneurs from Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo joined their Ghanaian counterparts to learn how to add value and better market their products at an April 25-26 workshop on proper packaging. The Trade Hub’s workshop for members of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) was also livestreamed to members in Liberia. Led by Mr. Raymond ...
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  • Trade Hub communications publishes two video shorts

    April 18, 2017
    Behind the scenes for the “making of” the Hub’s apparel video The Trade Hub’s apparel video is fostering the apparel export manufacturing sector in West Africa, specifically in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana. This video short provides a behind the scenes look at the making of this video. Cereals exchange in Mali brings together buyers and sellers ...
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  • Trade Hub’s Mango Symposium hits the sweet spot in Korhogo

    April 18, 2017
    The Trade Hub kicked off its inaugural Mango Symposium from April 6-7, 2017 in Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire, part of the country’s main mango producing region. The symposium drew more than 200 private and public actors from the national and international mango sector around the theme of “export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mangoes ...
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  • Burkinabé livestock network strikes major deal to sell meat in Côte d’Ivoire

    April 10, 2017
    A large Ivorian meat supplier agreed to buy a pilot order of meat from Burkina Faso, followed by potentially larger orders, during Trade Hub-organized B2B visits with Burkinabé livestock firms and associations. The Trade Hub facilitated the March 27-28 meetings between the International Society of Sausages and Cured Meats of Côte d’Ivoire (SICS), the Burkina Faso ...
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  • Trade Hub presents equipment to Burkinabe mango processor for all-season processing

    April 4, 2017
    As part of an in-kind grant, the Trade Hub on March 18 presented a 33KVA generator and 1,500 plastic crates valued at US$25,000 to Burkinabe leading mango processor and exporter, Sanle Sechage Exports. The generator will ensure a continuous drying process over 20-24 hours, which is imperative to maintain constant temperatures for proper preservation of ...
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  • ACA brings stakeholders together to plan for next decade

    April 4, 2017
    The Trade Hub participated in the African Cashew Alliance (ACA)’s Cashew Stakeholders Forum held in Ghanaian capital Accra on March 29 to develop a joint vision for the growth of the sector in Africa. Organized by the ACA in collaboration with USAID/West Africa and GiZ/Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew), the event presented a detailed status update of ...
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  • Partners step up at fifth cereals exchange in Mali

    March 20, 2017
    Fifty West African buyers and sellers (including nearly 30 women) from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Guinea gathered in Bamako, Mali, for the fifth cereals exchange organized by the Trade Hub in collaboration with the NGO Afrique Verte and the West African Grain Network (WAGN). The March 8-10 event offered a platform for producers and ...
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