UNIDO and Burkina Faso sign country cooperation framework agreement
LIMA, 30 November 2013 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Burkina Faso today signed a country cooperation framework agreement. The programme will focus on developing agro-industries, including food-processing; investment promotion; small and medium-sized enterprise development and job creation; industrial policy; and energy and environmental management.
The sub-Saharan country of Burkina Faso has a small economy that is heavily dependent on both commercial and subsistence agriculture, which represents 32 per cent of its gross domestic product and occupies 80 per cent of the working population. One of the main economic activities is the raising of livestock but farmers, especially in the south and south-west, also grow sorghum, pearl millet, maize (corn), peanuts, rice and cotton. A large part of the country’s economic activity is funded by international aid.
The Minister of Industry Commerce and Handicrafts, Patiendé Arthur Kafando, said the implementation of the country cooperation framework would be key to the nation’s ambitious vision of transforming itself into a middle-income country. He added that Burkina Faso was working closely with development partners like UNIDO to achieve this goal.
UNIDO’s interventions are designed to help Burkina Faso carry out targeted projects for its industrial development. UNIDO will also help analyze the constraints facing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and come up with solutions to lift those constraints. UNIDO’s planned interventions are fully aligned with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2011-2015.
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