Country of the year


    Country of the Year

  • From 27 to 30 November 2018, Pollutec is inviting Burkina Faso as its Country of the Year. The event will be welcoming key players of the environment markets from Burkina: the Minister for Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, representatives from the ministries of Water, Energy and Trade, together with business leaders and representatives of professional associations.

  • Context

    Economic context and challenges

  • +6.4%
    economic growth in 2017
    A West African country with no access to the sea, Burkina Faso has an economy that is heavily reliant on agriculture – it is Africa's leading exporter of cotton, for example. This means adapting to climate change is a particular concern here, along with the development of renewable energy, including major solar power projects.

    The country has experienced high levels of growth over the last two years (+5.9% in 2016 and +6.4% in 2017). Its cities are growing fast, including Bobo Dioulasso (+11% a year) and the capital Ouagadougou (+7.2% a year), and have to deal with the resulting problems: pollution, transport, healthcare, etc. In this context, over 1.7 million people have recently benefited from the Urban Water Sector Project conducted with the World Bank.
    • Scarcity of natural resources
    • Threats caused by climate change
    • Very high population growth
    • Economy strongly based on the primary sector
    • Stabilised political situations
  • On site

    Everything around Burkina Faso

  • Délégations

    • Public authorities and State agencies

      Nestor Batio Bassière, Minister for Environment, Green Economy and Climate change
      Representatives for the ministries of Water, Energy and Trade
      Representatives for the City of Ouagadougou
      SONABEL (national electricity company)
      ANEREE (Renewable Energy Agency)
      API (Investment Promotion Agency)
      Public development support institutions (AFD, GIZ, PNUD, EAA, 2EI, UEMOA)

    • Representatives from the private sectors

      Business leaders
      PPI Industrial (Project Production International)
      Chamber of Commerce and Industry
      Corporate Home
      CNPB (Burkina National Proprietors Confederation)

    Country of Year Pavilion

    The official inauguration of the pavilion will take place on Tuesday 27 November

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