Solar-Powered Cinema opens for Film Festival
A solar-powered cinema was unveiled in Burkina Faso on Friday ahead of the city’s hosting of Africa’s top film festival, even as movie theatres on the continent continue to disappear. The theatre, with its 300-seat capacity, will run on solar energy. Named Canal Olympia Yennenga, it is now the third-largest movie hall in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou.
Located in the city’s posh Ouaga2000 neighbourhood, the theatre cost about $3.2m to build. It is the brainchild of French businessman Vincent Bollore, whose company owns French premium TV and cinema group Canal Plus. “In the city of Ouagadougou, we lack movie theatres of this calibre,” said Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. "Ouagadougou is the capital of African c…
Canada launches Development Project for Growth
Today, Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, on behalf of Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced Canada’s support for a development project focused on maximising economic benefits for people in Burkina Faso. Minister Alexander made the announcement during his opening remarks at the 4th annual International Forum, hosted by the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI).
‘‘The Harper government is committed to supporting women’s economic empowerment by providing skills training and job-creation opportunities to help transform the lives of those in greatest need,” said Minister Alexander. “By bringing toget…
Electricity Imports from Ghana on the Cards
Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama hinted yesterday that his country would soon transmit excess electricity to Burkina Faso and Mali as soon as work on the West Africa Gas Pipeline and Power Pool Project (WAGP) was completed. He has also promised to expand trade and commercial activities with Burkina Faso by increasing the evacuation of goods through the ports and by stepping up commercial links in tomatoes, maize and other relevant food crops. President John Dramani Mahama gave the hint when Mr Sini Pierre Sanou outgoing Burkinabe Ambassador to Ghana, who had finished a nine-year duty tour of the country, called on him at the Flagstaff House, Kanda. Also at the seat of government to bid farewell to the President was, Dr Mrs Renate Sc…
3G Cellular Network for Burkina Faso
Bharti Airtel today announced the launch of third generation (3G) services in Africa’s Burkina Faso. “3G technology will give our customers the opportunity to interact with cellular technology in a different way,” Airtel Africa Francophone Region CEO Tiemoko Coulibaly said in a statement. He added the company’s goal is to build the largest 3G network on the continent. The launch follows the award of a 3G licence to Airtel by the Burkina Faso Government. “Reaching speeds of up to 21 mbps, Airtel’s 3.75G network is one of the fastest available globally and it will be immensely beneficial to multinationals, SMEs and the youth,” the statement said. European equipment maker Ericsson is providing the infrastructure and high level solutions to …
Burkina Faso receives Loan from World Bank
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved an International Development Association (IDA*) US$70 million grant to Burkina Faso aimed at promoting growth and competitiveness and reducing the vulnerabilities related to both the Malian and global financial crises. The Second Grant for Growth, Competitiveness, and Reduced Vulnerability will catalyze private sector growth and employment, strengthen resiliency, reduce vulnerability, and improve governance and public resource management in the country.
The new grant, which will support the Government’s efforts, seeks to:
- Support the growth of the private sector, which creates jobs, by helping the Government set up an input fund for the production of cotton and improved co…