Fact Sheet on Burkina Faso
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Burkina Faso


General

Official Name

Republique Democratique  du Burkina Faso
Democratic Republic of Burkina Faso

Capital

Ouagadougou

Area

274, 122 sq. kms

Currency

CFA Franc (Community Financial African Franc)
US$ 1 = CFA 593 (January 2018)
INR 1 = 9.41

GDP

USD 12.57 billion (2017 – WTO).

GDP Growth Rate

5.9% (2016)

Composition of GDP

Agriculture 32.6%; Industry 22.2%; Services 45.2%

GDP Per Capita

USD 619 (Nominal) – (WTO figures for 2015-17).

Inflation

-0.2% (2016)

Unemployment

3.8%

Forest Cover

20.43%

CO2 emissions

3058 Kt; (2013 est) (0.179 mt per capita) (World Bank)

Tourist Arrivals

218,000 (2013)

Population

19.19 million; Male – 9.57 mn; Female-9.62 mn (2017- UN).

Age Profile

0-14- 45%; 15-24 – 20%; 25-54 – 29%; 55 & above- 5%

Life expectancy

60 years (2016)

Languages

French. Major local dialects are More, Dioula, Gurma, Fulfulde, Tamasheq etc.

Ethnic groups

Mossi over 40%, other approximately 60% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, and Fulani)

Religion

Muslims 50%; indigenous beliefs 40%; 
Christians 10%.

Internet Penetration

about 14% of the population (2016)

Mobile phones

83.6% (2016)

Urbanisation

30% urban population; (5.87% growth)

Exports

USD 2.41 b (2017- WTO)

Imports

USD 3.42 b (2017- WTO)

Main Trade Partners

Ivory Coast, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Ghana, China, Togo, India, Turkey [According to EIU Country Report, 65% of all exports from Burkina Faso go to Switzerland].

FDI inflows

USD 309 million (2016)

Net ODA receipts

USD 997 million (2016)

Political

Political Structure

Unitary Republic

Major Political Parties

CDP;ADF-RDA; UPC (Union for Progress & Reform); UPR; UNIR-MS; CFD-B;

Head of State

President H.E. Mr. ROCH MARC CHRISTIAN KABORE

Head of Government

Prime Minister H.E. PAUL KABA THIEBA

Political Issues

Increasing terrorist threats from the expanding Al Qaeda in the Maghreb

 

India’s Exports

USD112.76 mn (2014-15);USD108.79 mn (2015-16) USD 114.94 mn(2016-17);US$ 148.35 mn (Apr 2017-March 2018)

India’s Imports

USD151.64 mn(2014-15);USD238.11 mn(2015-16); USD 256.42 mn (2016-17);USD 632.57mn (Apr 2017-March 2018)

Indian Exports

Pharmaceuticals, rice, medical supplies; motor cycles, vehicle parts & accessories; transport vehicles; iron&steel and articles thereof; machinery&mechanical appliances, rubber and articles thereof; ethyl alcohol; petroleum oils; woven fabrics – cotton & synthetic

Indian Imports

Gold, Cotton, Coconuts , brazil nuts & cashew

Indian Investments in Burkina Faso

NA

Burkina Faso Investments in India

NA

Indian Community

The Indian community in Burkina Faso is around 300, majority holding Indian passports.
Some of them are engaged in manufacturing and trading business and restaurants while the rest are their employees. Some are also doing business in cotton and gold. Expats: about 184

October 2018



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