Location: Western Africa
Capital: Ouagadougou
Population (2011): 17,275,115
Surface area: 274,200 sq km
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc
GDP per capita (2011): US $ 650
Economy – Overview:
Burkina Faso relies heavily on cotton and gold exports for revenue. The country has few natural resources and a weak industrial base. About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture, which is vulnerable to periodic drought. Cotton is the main cash crop. Since 1998, Burkina Faso has embarked upon a gradual privatization of state-owned enterprises and in 2004 revised its investment code to attract foreign investment. As a result of this new code and other legislation favouring the mining sector, the country has seen an upswing in gold exploration and production. Gold mining production doubled between 2009 and 2010 and by 2010, gold had become the main source of export revenue.
Human Development Index ranking (2012): 183 out of 186
ODA receipts (2012): US $ 996 million
Top Three Donors of gross ODA: IDA, EU Institutions, France
FDI inflows (2012): US$ 40 million
Total External Debt (2011): US $ 2.4 billion
External debt stock (% of GNI) (2011): 23.8
Merchandise exports (2011): US$ 2,352 million
Terms of trade index (2012): 126.9
Major export commodities: Gold, Cotton
Cost to export per container (2013): US $ 2,412
HIPC Position (2013):  Post completion Point
United Nations Membership date: 20 September, 1960
New York Mission:
Address: Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso to the United Nations
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 326, New York, N.Y. 10017
Telephone: (212) 308-4720, -4721
Telefax: (212) 308-4690
e-mail: bfapm@un.int
Correspondence: French
National holiday: 11 December