Doing Business in Burkina Faso

EENI Business School & HA University


Syllabus of the Subject: Doing Business in Burkina Faso (Africa). Ouagadougou.

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Burkina Faso (West Africa) :  the country of upright men
  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
    1. Agriculture
    2. Mining
    3. Industry
    4. Tourism
    5. service sector
    6. Real Estate and infrastructures
  7. Access to the Burkinabe market
  8. Business Plan for Burkina Faso

The objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Republic of Burkina Faso” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Burkinabe economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in Burkina Faso
  3. To explore Burkina Faso's trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know Burkina Faso's Trade Agreements
  5. To develop a business plan for the Burkinabe market
The Subject (e-learning) “Doing Business in Burkina Faso” is part of the following Higher Education Programs taught by EENI (Business School) and the Hispano-African University of International Business:
  1. Professional Master's Programs: International Business, Africa, Islamic Markets
  2. Doctorates (Distance learning): Africa, Islamic Countries
  3. Course: West Africa
  4. Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business

African Student Master, EENI (Business School) and HA University

Course learning materials in Higher Education in English or Post-secondary Education in French Burkina Faso Study in Portuguese Burkina Tertiary Education in Spanish Burkina Faso

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Burkina Faso”: 1 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Area of Knowledge: Africa

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

EENI Professors in Burkina Faso:

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

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

Description of the Subject (Online Learning): Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Burkina Faso

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

The Republic of Burkina Faso established the development strategy for future years to the opening of 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. Burkinabe Population: 16 million 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 a landlocked African Country
  9. Capital: Ouagadougou (1.5 million)
  10. The Historian Joseph Ki-Zerbo was born in Burkina Faso

Religions in Burkina Faso:

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

Burkina Faso belongs to the West African Economic Area (African Civilisation).

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

Economic Profile of Burkina Faso:

  1. Burkinabe Currency: West African CFA Franc
  2. Agriculture: 90% of Burkina's population
  3. Main cash crop: cotton
  4. Top Burkinabe exports are Cotton and gold (68%)
  5. Main commodities exported by Burkina Faso are cotton, nuts, gold, cattle, goats, sheep, sesame seeds, fruits, and vegetables
  6. Burkinabe GDP growth: 7%
  7. Composition of the Burkinabe GDP: agriculture 35%, industry 23%, services 42%
  8. Main sectors of the Burkinabe economy are agriculture, trade and mining
  9. 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 Burkinabe economy
  13. Burkina is open to the foreign investors
  14. Events:
    1. International Arts and Crafts Fair (SIAO)
    2. Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou

Two Burkinabe students (receiving the Diploma of Master) receiving the Diploma of Master in International Business with Pedro Nonell (EENI's President):
Pedro Nonell, African Students

National Trade Office ONAC. One of the main tasks of the ONAC is to promote the 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

Nearest ports:

  1. Port of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
  2. Port of Lomé (Togo)
  3. Port of Cotonou (Benin)
  4. Port of Tema (about 1,000 kilometres).

Joseph Ki-Zerbo (Burkinabe Historian)

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)
    1. US Trade Agreement (WAEMU)
  4. Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership (Cotonou)
  5. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  6. African Growth and Opportunity Act (US AGOA)
  7. Niger Basin Authority

West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU)

Burkina is a member of:

  1. New Partnership for Africa (NEPAD)
  2. African Development Bank
  3. G5-Sahel
  4. Afro-Arab Cooperation
  5. Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
  6. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  7. African Union (AU)
  8. Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
  9. Summit Africa-South America
  10. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
  11. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
  12. Islamic Development Bank
  13. Forum on Sino-African Cooperation
  14. Africa (Burkina Faso)-BRICS
  15. Africa (Burkina Faso)-Asia Strategic Partnership
  16. Africa (Burkina Faso)-India

Samples - Business in Burkina Faso

ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States

Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)

Common Market (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Niger Basin Authority

United States-West African Economic and Monetary Union Agreement

Trans-Sahelian Highway, Dakar-N’Djamena Corridor

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