Precisely one month after his election on 29 November, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré was formally sworn in as President of Burkina Faso. A large number of West African heads of state (Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo) attended his inauguration at the Sports Palace at Ouagadougou 2000. In his statement, President Kaboré expressed his profound gratitude to the people of Burkina Faso who actively contributed to the successful transition toward democracy. "It is the victory of the Burkinabe and African youth who revolted against obscurantism and oppression.
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- Country:Members:Body:Austria has long-standing experience of working with West Africa. Covering the fifteen ECOWAS member countries, its Regional Strategy for West Africa focuses on three priority areas: 1) Renewable energy; 2) Resilience and local development models; and 3) Securing peace and conflict prevention. Burkina Faso is a priority country with a dedicated field office. Austria is a historic partner of the Sahel and West Africa Club’s work and has become a full member again since 2013.
- Members:Body:The Swiss Development Co-operation places a strong focus on regional integration dynamics and challenges. Working together with professional organisations and think-tanks, the West Africa Division covers five priority countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad) and three thematic areas (basic education, vocational education and training; rural development and food security; and local governance and decentralisation). Switzerland is a founding member of the Sahel and West Africa Club.