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

  • 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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  • In Mali, Trade Hub workshop for bankers to transform agribusiness lending

    February 27, 2017
    Related video here Coris Bank officials in Mali learned risk mitigation strategies for agricultural lending and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub training in the capital, Bamako, February 17-18, 2017. Following similar workshops in Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, the training walked 15 participants through practical modules on different agribusiness value ...
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  • 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, January 27-February 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 African Growth Opportunity Act workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 26. The workshop was under the theme, “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 ...
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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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