Message from the Ambassador
In my capacity as Ambassador of Canada to Burkina Faso and to the Republic of Benin, and on behalf of all mission staff in Ouagadougou, I am pleased to welcome you to our website.
Canada maintains excellent relations with both Burkina Faso and Benin.
As regards cooperation, Burkina Faso and Benin are countries of concentration for Canadian development assistance. In Burkina Faso, Canada distinguishes itself through strong support to the education sector and to sustainable economic growth. In Benin, Canada is an important partner in the microfinance sector, among others.
On the commercial side, Canada has negotiated Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (FIPA) with each country, signed in January 2013 with Benin and April 2015 with Burkina Faso. These agreements are next to be ratified. In addition, Burkina Faso and Benin are two of the countries targeted by Canada’s Global Market Action Plan. In Burkina Faso, Canada is the largest private foreign direct investor, notably due to mining sector investments.
In terms of intellectual and scientific exchanges, several hundred students from both countries are currently studying in Canada, which will deepen future relations across diverse fields.
Whether you are a student, tourist, entrepreneur or simply are interested in Canada’s relations with these two countries, I hope you will find our site useful. Enjoy exploring and feel free to send us your comments.
Vincent Le Pape
Prior to his nomination in 2015 as Ambassador of Canada to Burkina Faso and to the Republic of Benin, HE Vincent Le Pape was Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Canada to Haiti from August 2012 to August 2015; he also took on responsibilities as Chargé d’Affaires a.i. to Haiti for several months. Since 1999, he has assumed a variety of executive and management roles at the headquarters of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), notably as Bilateral Programs Director for the Middle East and North Africa (2008-2012) and as the Gulf of Guinea Program Manager (2006-2008). He has also held CIDA corporate management functions in both the Middle East and Africa branch, and the Policy branch.
Before joining the federal public service, Mr. Le Pape held private-sector managerial and supervisory positions in Canada and France in the fields of information technology and management consulting and in the steel and banking industries.
Mr. Le Pape holds an MBA from Sherbrooke University (1992), a DESS in Economics from Rennes I University (1984) and a diploma from Brest Business School (1983). Mr. Le Pape succeeds Mr. Ivan Roberts.
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