Burkinabe Prime Minister, Paul Kaba Thiéba and China’s Deputy Prime Minister Chunhua Hu, jointly presided over the inauguration ceremony in a hotel in Ouagadougou.
“Welcome to the land of upright men!” the Burkinabe Premier told the Chinese official who led a large delegation to the event.
“Burkina Faso is honored to welcome you to its soil after the reestablishment of our diplomatic relations on 296 May, 2018” Thieba said.
He commended steps already taken by China to ensure the continuity of projects implemented by Taiwan in Burkina Faso.
Fifty-seven young Burkinabe studying in Taiwan will continue their program in Chinese universities.
A month following the normalization of relations between the two countries, several official missions involving experts in health, agriculture, vocational training, energy, infrastructure and trade visited Burkina Faso, according to the PM.
Burkina Faso’s national priorities for the 2016-2020 periods revolve around three pillars, including institutional reform and the modernization of the administration.
It also consists of the fight against fraud, corruption and strengthening the country’s judiciary.
According to the Chinese Deputy PM, “China wishes to be the most reliable partner for Burkina Faso and to work together for the permanent strengthening of our mutual political trust while deepening cooperation and enriching our socio-cultural exchanges.”
He reassured Burkina Faso that medical teams, agronomists and trainers from China have already arrived in the country to that end.
The Burkina Faso embassy in China will be inaugurated in the next few days.
The Burkinabe president is also raring for an official visit to Beijing in September on the sidelines of the China-Africa forum.
During the forum both countries will sign a framework cooperation agreement.