Private Sector Group of the Sahel Alliance mobilizes to support local cotton processing in Burkina Faso

Private Sector Group of the Sahel Alliance mobilizes to support local cotton processing in Burkina Faso

BRUSSELS, 20 May 2021 - The local processing of cotton represents an undisputed potential for the socio-economic development of Burkina Faso. Its local valorization can play a significant role in the fight against poverty, the creation of jobs, and the generation of income for local communities. However, issues related to productivity, sustainability, industrial capacity, and the lack of a legal and institutional framework hinder the development of this promising sector.

The Private Sector Group of the Sahel Alliance, through the UNIDO office in Brussels and the European Union Delegation in Burkina Faso, has organized a technical workshop on the cotton-processing sub-sector in Burkina Faso, with the aim of developing recommendations for the Sahel Alliance.

Bringing together more than 50 technical experts from Burkina Faso's private and public sectors, European institutions, donors and UNIDO, the workshop allowed for the sharing of experiences and concrete initiatives for the development of cotton value chains in Burkina Faso and the Sahel more broadly.

Victor Djemba, Head of UNIDO's Africa Regional Division, presented the contextual elements of international cooperation for industrial development in West Africa, such as Agenda 2063, the AfCFTA and the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III). He also highlighted UNIDO's effective contribution to the transformation of the cotton industry, as well as the importance of multilateral funding for more synergies between development actors.

A concrete initiative of the International Trade Centre, the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI), was then presented as a good practice for the transformation of the cotton industry in this country.

Syvanus Traore, Director General of Industrial Development at the Ministry of Industry of Burkina Fasoalso shared initiatives underway at the national level, such as Star Textile Burkina Faso, Renaissance Textile, Filsah or Cotexa. To support actors in the sector, he recommended reviving the spinning and weaving sub-sectors, supporting the deployment of the artisanal textile sector on high-value-added products, promoting the country label in the absence of a regional label, improving the professional qualification of actors in the cotton sector, and creating industrial, semi-industrial and artisanal units.

Abdoulaye Ouedraogo, Private Sector and Trade Programme Officer at the European Union Delegation in Burkina Faso, emphasized the development of the private sector as the driving force of the textile industry and the need to put public-private partnerships at the heart of government strategies.

Patrick Gilabert, UNIDO Representative in Brussels, concluded the exchange with the perspective of the recommendations to be transmitted to the Sahel Alliance. Their objectives will be to support public policies for a more efficient, inclusive and sustainable development of the cotton value chain in Burkina Faso and in the sub-region.

The Sahel Alliance responds to the dual challenge of security and development in the Sahel countries and brings together the efforts of development partners. The Private Sector Group includes France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Denmark, the Netherlands, the European Union, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, OIF, and UNIDO.

For more information, contact:

Patrick Gilabert, UNIDO