The defense comprises (2009) 10 800 men enlisted squad including gendarmerie and is organized into five regiments and five fighter aircraft. A trained reserve force amounts to 45,000 men. The material is of mixed and increasingly Western origin. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that BFA stands for Burkina Faso.
Defense costs increased in 1985-2007 from 1.1% to 1.3% of GDP. Burkina Faso participates in UN peacekeeping operations with observers in Congo (Kinshasa) (MUNOC) and Sudan (UNMIS and UNAMID).
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Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso in West Africa; approximately 1.6 million residents (2012). The largest population group is mossi. The town is located on the Mossiplateau in the savannah belt. In 1954, the railway from Abidjan reached Ouagadougou and gave rise to considerable economic growth. became the center for the transport of live cattle from the Sahel area to the coastal towns. Urban growth has created a need for a major modernization of the water supply, which began in 2001.
The city is radially and symmetrically built around the old town center with the square, which was renovated in the mid-1980’s in connection with an extensive urban renewal under President Sankara. Both the railway station and the airport are now centrally located in the city. To the north of the city core are four water reservoirs in an arch forming a large open breath. Towards NO, along the road to Kaya, are industrial neighborhoods with, among other things. slaughterhouses, brewery and metal industry.
The city is investing heavily in being a congress city and a regional economic and cultural center with, among other things, the FESPACO Film Festival and the SIAO Arts and Crafts Fair. It houses several inter-African institutions such as engineering schools, the Pan-African Cultural Institute and the Sahel Drought Control Committee.