Director-General on Official Visit to Burkina Faso
During her official visit to Burkina Faso, from 21 to 23 February 2013, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, met with the President of the Republic, H.E. Blaise Compaore and the First Lady, Mrs Chantal Compaore, as well as several government officials, including the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation and the Ministers of Education, Culture and Communication. She also met with the UN Resident Coordinator.
With the Prime Minister, the Director-General attended the opening ceremony of the 23th edition of the Panafrican film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO). FESPACO is one of the largest African film festivals, held once every two years in Burkina Faso’s capital. FESPACO participates in UNESCO’s project “ABCD Cameras of Diversity”, a project launched by UNESCO’s Office in Havana that seeks to strengthen the contribution of the film industry to local sustainable development in Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean.
During her stay in Burkina Faso, Irina Bokova also met with Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré, President of the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), as a follow-up to the agreement signed in 2011 between UNESCO and UEMOA for a US$12 million project to boost the information and communication technology capacity of West African universities, notably by creating a regional virtual library network.
Within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation, the Director-General held a number of bilateral meetings and visits of institutions specialized in water, such as the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE). 2iE is an international higher education and training institute specialized in the fields of water and sanitation, environment, energy and electricity, civil engineering and mining industry and management sciences. She also visited the Water Museum in Loumbila.