The 5th edition of Burkina Faso Industry Week opened its doors with a solemn ceremony on the morning of Monday, November 20th, 2023. It was also followed by the opening of the industry products and services exhibition.
From November 20th to 23rd, a number of activities are scheduled. These include panel discussions on topical issues affecting the industrial sector, the Burkinabè Industry Awards Night, industrial tours, etc.
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Industry players mobilized for the official opening of Burkina Faso Industry Week
“Over the course of two days, experts from the academic world, industry professionals, and those from the defense and security sector will lead panel discussions on topical issues. On the night of November 23rd, we’ll be holding the Burkinabè Industry Merit Ceremony, which will enable us to celebrate and magnify the merits of Burkinabè industrialists.
This activity will be an opportunity to award certificates of recognition and thanks, and above all to present the benchmark prizes for the Burkinabè industry, as well as the young entrepreneur prize for innovation in the industrial transformation of local raw materials; a prize that constitutes one of the main innovations of this edition”, explained Minister Serge Poda.
The theme of this year’s event is “Burkina Faso’s industry and the challenges of technological innovation in the context of the operationalization of the African Continental Free Trade Zone (ZLECAF).” The event provides an opportunity for industry players to reflect on the development of the industrial sector in a context marked by trade liberalization at the continental level, and the impact of the security crisis at the national and sub-regional level.”
“The 2023 edition of the Burkina Faso Industry Week is intended to be a national forum that will enable all players in the industrial sector to play an important role in terms of contribution to support decision-making in this context”, said Serge Poda, Minister in charge of industry.
In his speech, he recalled the importance of industry in the transition government’s priorities. “Industry is a very important sector which is one of the priorities of the President of the transition, who wants Burkina Faso to be a sovereign country, a country which relies on its potential and its endogenous industrial sector to drive growth and development upwards”, he insisted.
That’s why this year’s event is an ideal opportunity for industry players to share their experiences and showcase their products, and above all to encourage innovation, “because innovation and resilience in our industrial sector could make a lasting contribution to achieving the objectives set by the country’s high authorities, in their vision of a new, sovereign and prosperous Burkina Faso”.
During the course of the event Burkina Faso Industry Week, participants will exchange ideas on panels, with a view to proposing resolutions that will enable decisions to be taken at the national level, to prepare Burkina Faso’s industrialists for the advent of the African Continental Free Trade Zone. The organization of this 5th edition is well appreciated by the players themselves.
Moussa Tiendrébéogo, Chairman and CEO of Société Agricole et Plastique, is no exception. According to him, this edition offers an ideal framework for players not only to reflect on their current concerns but also to forge business partnerships. He invited Burkinabè to consume locally, as he believes that “this is the way to develop the country”.
Caroline Ouédraogo, President and CEO of Coca-Cola Burkina Bottling Company, is delighted with this year’s Burkina Faso Industry Week, which she says is designed to showcase players from the industrial world.
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