Ten good reasons to invest in Burkina Faso

1. A political and institutional stability based on a permanent quest for social and political consensus;

2. A stable macroeconomic context;

3. A decisive choice for a liberal economy;

4. A supportive legislative and regulatory environment, particularly innovative and incentive, with a firm policy of investment protection, security and promotion;

5. Enormous economic potentials and untapped resources in the fields of agriculture, agro industry, mining, industry, tourism and services. A law on public and private partnerships is being adopted by parliament.

6. An enabling legal and judicial environment, a harmonized business law in continuous improvement in the framework of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA);

7. A young, dynamic and enterprising population;

8. A zone of monetary stability, with a common currency within the WAEMU, freely convertible with a fixed parity against the euro;

9. A central location in the heart of West Africa, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). With six bordering countries from ECOWAS and five from WAEMU, Burkina Faso provides access to a potential market of 73 million inhabitants in the WAEMU and more than 280 million within ECOWAS;

10. A good road network with an effective international transit system, making Burkina a crossroads of trade in WAEMU and ECOWAS.


General considerations

Surface area 274,200 km²
Official language French
Bordering countries Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Mali, Niger and Togo
Relief Average altitude: 400 meters
Highest summit: Ténakourou (747 meters)
Lowest points: Mohoun valley, Pendjari valley, and Nakambé valley
Hydrography Main rivers: Mouhoun, Nazinon, Nakambé
Climate Sudano-sahelian-like tropical climate with two very contrasted seasons: one very short rainy season, 3 to 4 months (June to September) and a dry season, 8 to 9 months (October to June)
Administrative division 13 regions
45 provinces
351 communes
More than 8,000 villages
Main export products Gold, cotton, live animals, leather, shea-nuts and oil-seeds, fruit and vegetables
Main import products Oil products, foodstuffs, machinery, transport equipment, chemical products, iron, and cement.
Main export markets European Union, West Africa, Singapore, Japan, Unites States of America, Republic of China, India and Canada