India to help Burkina Faso set up first call centre

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) Burkina Faso, the small land-locked country in west Africa, will soon get its first call centre – with some help from India.

‘I am here to speak to officials about opening a call centre,’ Burkina Faso Minister for Post and Communications and IT Noel Kabore, who was on a visit to India, told IANS.

He arrived in Delhi for a short trip last month, and was in Hyderabad to attend the International Telecommunications Conference.

Sitting beside a man-sized Burkinabe flag, the minister spoke about the need for engaging with India in the information technology field.

‘This call centre will have 400 positions. India’s Export-Import (Exim) Bank has given a loan of $5 million for starting this project,’ said Kabore.

He met with officials of Exim Bank, as well as his Indian counterpart, Minister for Communications and IT A. Raja.

Incidentally, Burkina Faso is also part of India’s flagship project – Pan African e-network project.

This was not the first line of credit to the west African nation. India has already extended lines of credit of over $50 million for rural electrification and construction of the national post office in Burkina Faso.

Recently, India also approved the setting up of a tomato processing factory through a line of credit of $15 million.

Burkina Faso was also chosen as the partner country in the CII Conclave in March 2009.

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