Doing Business in Burkina Faso

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Subject (Course): International Trade and Business in Burkina Faso (Africa). Ouagadougou


  1. Introduction to the Republic of Burkina Faso (West Africa).
  2. Doing Business in Ouagadougou.
  3. Burkinabe economy.
  4. Case Study: International Arts and Crafts Fair (Ouagadougou)
  5. International Trade of Burkina Faso.
  6. Business Opportunities in Burkina Faso
    - Agriculture
    - Mining
    - Industry
    - Tourism
    - Services sector
    - Real Estate and infrastructures
  7. Introduction to French
  8. Access to the Burkinabe market
  9. Business Plan for Burkina Faso

Objectives of the subject “Doing Business in the Republic of Burkina Faso”:

  1. To analyse the Burkinabe economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate business opportunities in Burkina Faso
  3. To explore Burkina Faso's trade relations with the student's country
  4. To know Burkina Faso's Free Trade Agreements
  5. To develop a business plan for the Burkinabe market
Subject “Doing Business in Burkina Faso” is studied…
  1. Master in International Business (MIB), African Business
  2. Doctorates (DIB): DIB Africa, DIB Islamic Countries
  3. Course Doing Business in West Africa

Course learning materials in En or Fr Burkina Faso Pt Burkina Es Burkina Faso

  1. Credits of the subject “Doing Business in Burkina Faso”: 1 ECTS/0.5 AC Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Area of Knowledge: Africa

Master in International Business University Ouaga II (Burkina Faso) and EENI (The Global Business School)
Master Burkina

Sample of the subject - Doing Business in Burkina Faso
Business Burkina Faso

EENI Professors in Burkina Fasso:

  1. Dr Geneviève Barro
  2. Dr Ousséni SO
  3. Thierry Somda

Abdoul Karim Ouandaogo
Ouandaogo Abdoul Karim (Student of the Master University of Ouagadougou & EENI) winner of one WAEMU regional award.

We Trust in Africa

Subject Description: Foreign Trade and Business in Burkina Faso

The Republic of Burkina Faso:

Burkina Faso: one of the regional economies that have implemented more reforms.

Burkina Faso established the development strategy for future years to the opening of the regional and global markets. Burkina wishes “to become a development centre in West Africa.”

  1. Burkina Faso (West Africa) shares borders with Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast.
  2. Area of Burkina Faso is 274,200 square kilometres
  3. Population: 16 millions of people
  4. Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries
  5. The official language is French.
  6. Local languages: Moore, the Fulfulde, Dioula
  7. Independence: 1960 (from France)
  8. Burkina is an African landlocked country
  9. Capital: Ouagadougou (1.5 million)
  10. Historian Joseph Ki-Zerbo was born in Burkina Faso

Religions in Burkina Faso:

  1. Islam (65% of the population, 8 million) and Christianity
  2. 30% of the Burkinabe are Christians (with Catholic majorities).

Burkina Faso belongs to the West African Economic Area of the African Civilisation.

Economic Profile of Burkina Faso:

  1. Currency: West African CFA Franc
  2. Agriculture: 90% of Burkina's population
  3. The main cash crop: cotton
  4. Top exports: Cotton and gold (68%)
  5. The main commodities exported by Burkina Faso: cotton, nuts, gold, cattle, goats, sheep, sesame seeds, fruits, and vegetables
  6. GDP growth: 7%
  7. Composition of GDP: agriculture 35%, industry 23%, services 42%
  8. The main sectors of the economy: agriculture, trade and mining
  9. The inflation: 3%
  10. Regional Trade with another ECOWAS and WAEMU countries is very low, limited to agricultural products
  11. Doing Business 2014 Index (WB): 154.
  12. Positive liberalisation of the economy
  13. Open to foreign investors
  14. Events:
    - International Arts and Crafts Fair (SIAO)
    - Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou

National Trade Office ONAC. One of the main tasks of the ONAC is to promote international trade between Burkina Faso and the rest of the World.

Group Soyaf (Burkina). Created in 1982 by Mr Salif Yameogo (Managing Director), the Group Soyaf has become one of the biggest holding companies with international standards in West Africa and more specifically in Burkina Faso. In this new millennium, the Group Soyaf drew Burkina Faso several large multinationals whose Telecel International Group in the area of communication and the Framlington Group, a Group of investors.

TELECEL (Burkina). Founded in 1987 by Miko Rwayitaré and owned by 80% to Orascom Telecom (Egypt) since 2000, Telecel International is a multinational Group based in South Africa and Geneva. With its years of experience in Africa, Telecel has developed a single expertise in the study of projects, the establishment and operation of cellular networks on the African continent. In all its activities, Telecel International combines national private investors in the shareholding of its associated companies.

Trans-African Corridor: Trans-Sahelian Highway

The nearest ports: Port of Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Port of Lomé (Togo), Port of Cotonou (Benin), and Port of Tema (about 1,000 kilometres).

Dr. Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Trade Agreements (Preferential Access) of Burkina Faso:

  1. Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)
  2. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  3. West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
  4. US Trade Agreement (WAEMU)
  5. Cotonou Agreement
  6. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  7. African Growth and Opportunity Act (US AGOA)

West African Economic Monetary Union

Burkina is a member of:

  1. New Partnership for Africa (NEPAD)
  2. African Development Bank
  3. Afro-Arab cooperation - Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
  4. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  5. African Union (AU) - Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
  6. Summit Africa-South America
  7. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
  8. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
  9. Islamic Development Bank
  10. Forum on Sino-African Cooperation
  11. Africa (Burkina Faso)-BRICS
  12. Africa (Burkina Faso)-Asia Strategic Partnership
  13. Africa (Burkina Faso)-India
  14. Niger Basin Authority

ECOWAS Economic Community West African

Community Sahel-Saharan States CEN-SAD

WAEMU Common Market

Niger Basin Authority

US-WAEMU Agreement

Trans-Sahelian Highway

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