Burgeoning Horizons : President Ibrahim Traoré’s transformative dialogue shapes Burkina Faso’s destiny

A momentous chapter unfolded in Burkina Faso’s history on Saturday, February 17, 2024, as President Ibrahim Traoré, leading the Burkinabé Revolution and serving as Head of State, engaged in a dialogue with representatives of civil society during a monumental rally supporting the ongoing transition at the Ouagadougou Sports Palace.

Before a massive and fervent crowd, including dedicated supporters known as the «Wayiyan», President Ibrahim Traoré addressed a spectrum of pressing issues affecting Burkina Faso’s security, national sovereignty, economic landscape, and the Sahel States Alliance’s decision to withdraw from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Delving into the critical matter of security, the Head of State disclosed comprehensive plans to fortify the Burkinabe army through the acquisition of cutting-edge military equipment, demonstrating a proactive approach to addressing the nation’s security challenges.

In reference to the Sahel States Alliance’s departure from ECOWAS, President Ibrahim Traoré urged a nuanced understanding of its economic implications, emphasizing that less than 5% of Burkina Faso’s trade is conducted with ECOWAS member countries.

Responding to countries that have temporarily halted food exports to Burkina Faso, Captain Ibrahim Traoré expressed the nation’s unwavering determination to promote food self-sufficiency.

He asserted plans to implement reciprocal import restrictions once the bans are lifted, stating, «Some nations have restricted food exports to Burkina. We will ensure that, at the end of this restriction, we can reciprocally limit the importation of these products into our country. Burkina has the capability to produce everything we need».

The gathering also served as an opportunity for participants to encourage Captain Ibrahim Traoré to consider extending the transition period by revising the existing charter, acknowledging the positive strides made by him and his government.

This historic day epitomizes Burkina Faso’s commitment under Captain Ibrahim Traoré’s leadership to inclusive dialogue and active citizen participation in shaping a brighter future for all Burkinabe.



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