Canada Seeks to Strengthen Bilaterial Ties With Burkina Faso


On June 28, 2024, Canada celebrated its 157th Independence Day far from its homeland, on Burkinabe soil. This event symbolized the enduring friendship between Canada and Burkina Faso, with diplomats, Canadian residents in Burkina Faso, and Burkinabe officials coming together to mark the occasion. The celebration underscored the strong bond and mutual respect shared by the two nations.

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As a former colony of both the British and the French, Canada deeply understands the complexities of exploitation and colonial history. This background has instilled in Canada a commitment to fairness and justice in international affairs. However, some critics urge caution, noting that Canada remains a strong ally of France, which has its own historical and contemporary interests in Africa. This relationship requires a careful balance between supporting ethical practices and maintaining diplomatic ties.

Canadian companies operating in Burkina Faso have maintained a high compliance rate, which has endeared them to the government led by President Ibrahim Traoré. These companies adhere to stringent regulations and ethical standards, ensuring their operations are transparent, fair, and beneficial to local communities. For many years, Canadian companies have competed with French companies for mining licenses in Burkina Faso, a nation rich in minerals such as gold, zinc, copper, and manganese. The historical competition was grounded in the colonial legacy and ongoing economic influence of France in Burkina Faso, often giving French companies a preferential edge in securing mining licenses.

However, a recent and significant shift in Burkina Faso’s diplomatic stance has altered the playing field. The government of Burkina Faso has decided to cut ties with France, marking a profound change in its foreign policy and opening new doors for other international players.

“Canada’s 62-year-long cooperation with Burkina Faso is a moment of emphasis. Canadian companies, our development based on feminist principles, and our cooperation with the government and our partners are all present here. We wanted to celebrate this national day for Canada together, and it’s a pleasure to be here,” a Canadian diplomat noted.

Canada’s investment in Burkina Faso, particularly in the mining sector, has been a crucial factor in the economic development of the West African nation. The 2017 agreement on the warranty and protection of Canadian investments in Burkina Faso has been instrumental in securing Canadian business interests, fostering a conducive environment for investment, and contributing to Burkina Faso’s overall economic growth.

As Canada and Burkina Faso celebrate their long-standing partnership, both nations look forward to continuing their collaboration in various sectors. The commemoration of Canada Day in Burkina Faso not only honors the past but also sets the stage for future cooperation and mutual growth.

David Okafor
David Okafor
David Okafor Foreign Affairs Editor, Naija247news Media Group David Okafor is the Foreign Affairs Editor at Naija247news Media Group, with over five years of experience in international journalism. He excels in delivering insightful and impactful coverage of global politics and economic trends. Holding a degree in International Relations, David is known for his investigative skills and editorial leadership. His work ensures Naija247news provides accurate and comprehensive analysis of world events, earning him respect in the media industry.

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