Relations between Turkey and Burkina Faso

Turkey and Burkina Faso enjoy good bilateral relations. Activities aiming at enhancing bilateral relations have gained momentum after the opening of the Turkish Embassy in Ouagadougou and the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Ankara in 2012 and in 2014 respectively. Many bilateral agreements signed in the recent period provided a new momentum to our relations. Turkey pledged 5 million USD for the G5 Sahel Joint Force, to which Burkina Faso is also a member.

Below is the list of bilateral high-level visits:

- On 12-21 August 2008, the then BF President Blaise Compaoré attended the Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit in Ankara, where he met with the then Turkish President H.E. Abdullah Gül.

- On 8-10 May 2013, Djibril Bassole, the then BF Minister of State, Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, visited Turkey. As part of the visit, the agreement providing bilateral exemption of visa for diplomatic passport holders was signed. Bassolé also visited Turkey on 28 August 2014 to attend the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony of H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

- On 19-22 March 2014, the former Speaker of the Burkina Faso National Assembly, Soungalo Appolinaire Ouattara paid a visit to Turkey.

- On 24-26 February 2015, Colonel Isaac Zida, who was the Prime Minister of the Provisional Government formed following the resignation of the then-President Compaoré on 31 October 2014, visited Turkey and met with H.E. Meral Akşener, the then-Deputy Speaker of the Turkish Parliament.

- H.E. Mr. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso participated with high-level delegations in the Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation held between 10-15 April 2016 in Istanbul.

- H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey visited Burkina Faso in July 2017.

- On 10-11 October 2018, H.E. Harouna Kaboré, BF Minister of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts visited Turkey on the occasion of the 2nd Turkey-Africa Business Forum, accompanied by Armond Roland, Mayor of Ouagadougou, and by Mahamadi Savadogo, President of BF Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

- On 30 November – 1 December 2018, H.E. Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, Turkish Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services and Dr. Esra Albayrak, Chair of OIC Women Advisory Council, visited Ouagadougou on the occasion of the 7th OIC Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in Development of OIC States.

- On 3-7 February 2019, Alassane Bala Sakande, Speaker of the BF National Assembly, visited Turkey and met with H.E. Binali Yıldırım, the then Speaker of the Turkish Parliament.

- H.E. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso, paid the first state visit to Turkey on 9-11 April 2019.

-The Second Session of the Joint Economic Commission between Turkey and BF was held in Ouagadougou on 2-3 October 2019.

Bilateral trade volume is 52,2 mllion US dollars in 2019 (Export: 31,4 million US Dollars, Import 20,8 million US Dollars).

Turkey initiated numerous projects in the fields of humanitarian help and donation projects for Burkina Faso with the contributions of TİKA (Turkish Agency for Coordination in Development), Turkish Red Crescent, Foundation and other Turkish non-governmental organizations.

The launch of Turkish Airlines direct flights to Ouagadougou with a frequency of 4 times a week in 2012 has been an important turning point in respect of commercial and economic relations.

Turkey has provided Türkiye Scholarships to students from Burkina Faso.