Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo congratulate the people of Burkina Faso with the open and transparent elections that were organized on 29 November. They also congratulate Roch Kaboré, who won the elections with 53% of the votes in the first round, as well as the other candidates who immediately accepted the election results. This shows that democracy in the country is further developing. Minister De Croo will make a working visit to Burkina Faso in the beginning of January.
During the past years, the population of Burkina Faso fought for democracy in the country. It resisted with success the military coup in September 2015. Both Ministers wish to pay tribute to the civilians who gave their lives for democracy in the past months. They also thank interim President Michel Kafando, who successfully managed the transition period. The Ministers Reynders and De Croo hope that this new direction for the country will lead to positive change for the Burkinabe people.
Working visit to Burkina Faso in the beginning of January
Belgium wants to structurally support Burkina Faso in its democratic and socio-economic development. Minister De Croo decided earlier this year to accept Burkina Faso as a new partner country of Belgian governmental cooperation. From Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 January, the Minister will make a working visit to Burkina Faso to start this new working relationship. A delegation of Belgian companies and State Secretary for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem will participate in the visit to underline the importance our country attaches to this new working relationship.