Burkina Faso: Economy

Economic Trivia

About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2015): Switzerland, China, and France
Top 3 Exported Goods (2015): Precious Stones & Metals, Cotton, and Oil Seeds

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Cotton Lint; Beverages; Agricultural Processing; Soap

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Source: The World Bank

GDP, PPP (current international) $30,041,128,246 (2015)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.98% (2015)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $1,659 (2015)
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GDP Country Rank 124/193 (2015)

Economic Indicators Source: The World Bank

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 0.955% (2015)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $2,543,690,000 (2014)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 41.3% (2015)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 16.486% (1992)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 6.169% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($997,625,572) (2014)
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Labor and Employment Source: The World Bank

Labor Force, Total 7,942,183 (2014)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 67.4% (2007)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 10.1% (2007)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 22.3% (2007)
Unemployment Rate 3.1% (2014)
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Imports of goods and services (current US$) $3,916,414,099 (2015)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $3,709,474,437 (2015)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 49.579% (2014)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $167,397,329 (2015)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $264,781,111 (2010)
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Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment

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