Print Edition - 2018-10-29  |  Money Digest

Africa’s biggest crafts fair opens in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU

Oct 29, 2018-

Africa’s largest crafts fair opened on Friday in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou under the shadow of growing terror and jihadist attacks in the West African nation. The 10-day Salon International de l’Artisanat de Ouagadougou has attracted more than 2,500 exhibitors from 25 countries this year and hopes to draw about 300,000 visitors. It was opened by Burkinabe President Roch Marc Christian Kabore and Canadian Governor General Julie Payette, a former astronaut. It comes at a time of “a difficult international and national context,” said Commerce Minister Harouna Kabore, adding that his country was being increasingly “targeted” by jihadists. In 2015, Burkina Faso, one of the world’s poorest countries, joined a string of Sahel nations to come under pressure from jihadists. (AFP)

Published: 29-10-2018 08:34

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