Getting Started

Exporting to Burkina Faso

President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) http://www.export.gov in 2010, with the goal of doubling exports by 2014. U.S. embassies are committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Burkina Faso. In this section, you’ll find an quick description of Burkina Faso as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.

Getting Started 

Read Burkina Faso’s Investment Climate Statement (PDF 521 KB).

Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Burkina Faso. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You. Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs) Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims to provide educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Contact in-country business support organizations such as the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Burkina Faso.

Investing in Burkina Faso

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Burkina Faso.

Potential investors: Getting Started. 

If you are considering investment in Burkina Faso, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

Current investors: Staying Connected.

If you are a current U.S. investor in Burkina Faso the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Burkina Faso, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed
  • Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise

Working in Burkina Faso

In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Burkina Faso, visit the Embassy of Burkina Faso website for the most current visa information, or contact their offices directly.  The Embassy of Burkina Faso in Washington is located at 2340 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 332-5577.

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Burkina Faso.

FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets.  The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue.  Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA.  Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.