Country Overview
Burkina Faso’s fair and transparent procurement and permit processes fosters competition and facilitates new infrastructure entities to set up domestic operations. To further encourage investment, the government of Burkina Faso should seek to publish a national project pipeline and infrastructure plan, as well as perform market soundings and assessments.
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GDP per capita
718.0 USD
Population
20.3 million persons
Infrastructure quality
34.8 (0-100 best)
Private infrastructure investment
14.7 5-year average, USD millions

Driver Overview

This section shows a country’s rank, ranking change and score for each of the eight drivers. It also categorises each country’s driver performance on a scale from “Emerging” (score from 0-20) to “Global Leader” (score from 80-100).

Driver
Rank
Score /100
Emerging Aspiring Contender Top performer Global Leader
- No ranking change Ranking increase Ranking decrease

Rank

Score /100

Best practice

58
4
46.5
Aspiring
62
3
49.4
Aspiring
69
6
40.5
Emerging
71
2
18.9
Emerging
51
20
65.6
Aspiring
25
6
41.7
Top performer
72
1
18.5
Emerging
69
4
20.7
Emerging

Metric Overview

Strengths

Financial stability

Burkina Faso has a financial stability score above the Low Income Countries’ average of 80, yet the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic may negatively impact this. The stability of the financial system facilitates the smooth flow of funds between parties, improving the supply of capital for projects.

Procurement of PPPs

Burkina Faso’s procurement processes are fair and transparent, resulting in the highest score of all African and Low Income Countries. Fair and transparent processes encourage more participation and competition, which help drive value for money and improve the quality of outcomes.

Time required to start a business

According to the World Bank, the time required to start a business in Burkina Faso is 13 days, resulting in a score higher than the Low Income Countries’ average of 18 days. Shorter times to set up businesses can persuade businesses to set up in a country, including new infrastructure entities.

Financial stability

Burkina Faso has a financial stability score above the Low Income Countries’ average of 80, yet the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic may negatively impact this. The stability of the financial system facilitates the smooth flow of funds between parties, improving the supply of capital for projects.

Procurement of PPPs

Burkina Faso’s procurement processes are fair and transparent, resulting in the highest score of all African and Low Income Countries. Fair and transparent processes encourage more participation and competition, which help drive value for money and improve the quality of outcomes.

Time required to start a business

According to the World Bank, the time required to start a business in Burkina Faso is 13 days, resulting in a score higher than the Low Income Countries’ average of 18 days. Shorter times to set up businesses can persuade businesses to set up in a country, including new infrastructure entities.

Top Performing Metrics

Top Performing Metrics

This is defined by the metrics with the highest unweighted score out of 100. 

Low income country average

Financial markets:
Financial stability

Procurement:
Procurement of PPPs

Opportunities to Grow

Published project pipeline

Burkina Faso does not currently publish an infrastructure pipeline of projects. The addition of an infrastructure pipeline could help provide infrastructure participants with a clear indication of prospective and confirmed infrastructure activity.

Published infrastructure plan

Burkina Faso does not have a national or sub-national infrastructure plan. The addition of an infrastructure plan could highlight infrastructure challenges and opportunities for investment, as well as detail the government's planned responses.

Market sounding and/or assessment

According to the World Bank, there is an absence of market sounding process in Burkina Faso. Adding one could allow the government to determine if there is an interest from investors and lenders to provide commercial financing for projects.

Published project pipeline

Burkina Faso does not currently publish an infrastructure pipeline of projects. The addition of an infrastructure pipeline could help provide infrastructure participants with a clear indication of prospective and confirmed infrastructure activity.

Published infrastructure plan

Burkina Faso does not have a national or sub-national infrastructure plan. The addition of an infrastructure plan could highlight infrastructure challenges and opportunities for investment, as well as detail the government's planned responses.

Market sounding and/or assessment

According to the World Bank, there is an absence of market sounding process in Burkina Faso. Adding one could allow the government to determine if there is an interest from investors and lenders to provide commercial financing for projects.

Metrics to Improve

Metrics to Improve

This is defined by the metrics with the lowest weighted score out of 100, such that these metrics would have the greatest impact on the overall score.

For metrics that have binary outcomes (yes=100/no=0), no comparative income group average is reported.

Low income country average

Detailed Data

This section shows country data for each of the 41 metrics. Note that all data has been normalised on a scale of 1-100. For raw metric data, please download the complete InfraCompass 2020 dataset. 

Where relevant, some metric scores have been inverted, such that all metrics have positive relationships with good infrastructure outcomes. For example, since lower compliance costs make it easier to invest in infrastructure, the normalised value of ‘number of procedures to start a business’ has been reversed such that lower number of procedures are scored closer to 100, and higher numbers closer to 0. In other words, a score of 0 indicates a poor performance, rather than 0 number of procedures.

Governance Regulatory Permits Planning Procurement Activity Funding Financial
Driver
Rank
Score /100
Emerging Aspiring Contender Top performer Global Leader
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Metric

Burkina Faso

Low Income Countries Average

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28.2%

Recovery rate

The recovery rate is recorded as cents on the dollar recovered by secured creditors through reorganisation, liquidation or debt enforcement (foreclosure or receivership) proceedings.

23.6 (+2.9)
21.8

20.7%

Rule of law

World Governance Composite Indicator reflecting perceptions of the extent to which agents have confidence in and abide by the rules of society, and in particular the quality of contract enforcement, property rights, the police, and the courts, as well as the likelihood of crime and violence. The rule of law reflects whether the law imposes limits of power on the state, private sector and individuals.

41.1
37.1

18.1%

Post-completion reviews

Whether the country conducts post-completion reviews on infrastructure projects to ensure the forecast outcomes are being achieved.

Yes
-

15.1%

Shareholder governance

Measures the governance practices that protect shareholders through three dimensions: the extent of shareholder rights index (shareholders’ rights and role in major corporate decisions), the extent of ownership and control index (governance safeguards protecting shareholders from undue board control and entrenchment), and the extent of corporate transparency index (corporate transparency on ownership stakes).

26.7
16.3

12.8%

Political stability and absence of violence score

Measures perceptions of the likelihood of political instability and/or politically-motivated violence, including terrorism. Estimate gives the country's score on the aggregate indicator, in units of a standard normal distribution i.e. ranging from approximately -2.5 to 2.5.

32.7 (-2.9)
34.0

5%

Infrastructure or PPP agency

Whether an infrastructure agency exists to coordinate an integrated approach to infrastructure delivery and policy.

Yes
-

Burkina Faso

Low Income Countries Average

23.6 (+2.9)
21.8
41.1
37.1
Yes
-
26.7
16.3
32.7 (-2.9)
34.0
Yes
-

Country Overview Data

Burkina Faso’s fair and transparent procurement and permit processes fosters competition and facilitates new infrastructure entities to set up domestic operations. To further encourage investment, the government of Burkina Faso should seek to publish a national project pipeline and infrastructure plan, as well as perform market soundings and assessments.
GDP per capita

718.0 USD

Population

20.3 million persons

Infrastructure quality

34.8 (0-100 best)

Private infrastructure investment

14.7 5-year average, USD millions

GDP

14.6 USD billion

GDP growth rate

6.0%

GDP per capita growth rate

0.3%

Gini coefficient

35.3 (0-100 worst)

Gross Government Debt

43.0% of GDP

Inflation rate

1.1%

Summary credit rating

25.0 (0-100 best)

Unemployment rate

6.1%

Urbanisation ratio

29.0% of total population

Road connectivity

80.0 (0-100 best)

Quality of road infrastructure

2.8 (1-7 best)

Efficiency of train services

2.5 (1-7 best)

Efficiency of air transport services

3.4 (1-7 best)

Efficiency of seaport services

2.8 (1-7 best)

Electricity access

17.7% of population

Exposure to unsafe drinking water

81.8% of population

Reliability of water supply

2.9 (1-7 best)

Digital Adoption Index

0.2 (0-1 best)

Mobile-broadband subscriptions

29.9 per 100 population

Fixed-broadband Internet subscriptions

0.1 per 100 population