Today, Vice Minister Marina Sereni participated in a video message at Expo Yeelba, a festival dedicated to promoting Burkina Faso’s cotton-textile chain. In the presence of some 250 participants, including the Burkinabé Foreign Minister, Alpha Barry, the Italian Ambassador, Andrea Romussi, and the EU Special Representative for the Sahel, Emanuela Del Re, the event made it possible to promote Faso Danfani (a traditional cotton product of excellence) in Italy and worldwide, to encourage professional and industrial contacts between the Burkina Faso and Italian textile sectors, and to share skills, technologies and innovations in the local textile sector.
Italy is a privileged partner of Burkina Faso. Ouagadougou aspires to establish a partnership with Rome to draw on Italian experience to develop possible channels for marketing traditional cotton products globally through contacts with Italian players.
“Expo Yeelba,” the Vice Minister said, “is not just business. It is a successful cooperation between institutions, civil society, young people and women on the African continent. The enhancement of cotton production in Burkina Faso is a fundamental step towards sustainable and inclusive development. Italy is ready to accompany this process.