Name                         : SAMATE / CESSOUMA

Surname                     : MINATA

Date and place of birth : July 14th, 1961 at N’Dorola, Burkina Faso

Marital status               : Married

Profession                  : Foreign Affairs counsellor having the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary



1996: Post Graduate degree taken after Master’s (D.E.S.S), International Administration, University of Paris I – Pantheon-Sorbonne;

1994: Diploma of the Paris International Institute of Public Administration (I.I.A.P), department:  international relations;

1988: Diploma of the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM), stream: diplomacy, Ouagadougou;

1985: Master’s degree in Legal sciences, branch: public law, University of Ouagadougou;

1981: Technical GCE – « A » Level’s - Branch G2 (Management Quantitative Techniques), Lycée Technique de Ouagadougou.



  • Since 1st December 2011: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Burkina Faso in Ethiopia, Permanent Representative to the African Union  (AU) and the  United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) ;
  •  June 10th 2007  to  April 15th 2011 : State Minister to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, in charge of Regional Cooperation;
  •  November 06th 2003 to June 09th , 2007 :Diplomatic Adviser to His Excellency the President of Burkina Faso ;
  •  February 1st, 2001 to January 15th, 2002 : Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Ethiopia, Permanent Representation to the  African Union and ECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ;
  •  October 1997 to July 2003 : First Counsellor, Embassy of Burkina Faso in Ethiopia, Permanent Representation to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) / African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) ;
  •  1995-1997 : Head of the Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign  Affairs, Ouagadougou ;


Member of Burkina Faso delegations to meetings:


1.   Meetings of the Organisation of African Unity / African Union:

  • October 1997 to November 2009 : participation in sessions of the  Conferences of Heads of State and Government of the  Organisation  of African Unity / African Union;
  •  November 1997 to July  2003 : participation in  ministerial meetings and Summits of the Central Body of the OAU Mechanism for the Conflict  Prevention, Management and Settlement which became later on the Peace and Security Council of the African Union; participation in OAU Commission and Committee meetings, in all statutory meetings and other meetings organized by OAO/ AU in Addis Ababa.

2.  United Nations Organisation meetings

  • 1990 – 2004 : Member of Burkina Faso delegations to the 45th, 47th, 50th, 51st, 56th, 61st ordinary sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organisation, New York ;
  •  April – May and June 1993 : participation in the deliberations of the preparatory Committee and member of the Burkina Faso delegation to the World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna- Austria.

3.  Meetings of the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and other Organisations

  • 1999 - 2003: participation in Forums organized by UNEECA; by the African Parliamentary Union; participation in the annual General Assemblies of the African Development Bank in Addis-Ababa.

4.  Meetings of the Economic Community of West African States  (ECOWAS) :

  • 2007– 2011 : Participation in the sessions of the Authority of Heads of State and Government, ECOWAS Council of Ministers and Peace and Security Council;
  •  2007- 2008: Chairperson of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers.

5.  Meetings of the West African Economic and Monetary Union

  • 2007- 2011: Participation in sessions of the Authority of Heads of State and Government and the Conseil of Ministers of the West African Economic and Monetary Union.

 6.  Other meetings

  • 2007-2011: Contribution to the promotion and strengthening of regional integration within organisations such as the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN SAD) and the “Conseil de l’Entente”.
  • 2007-2011: Meetings of the International Contact Group on Guinea Bissau and the Group on the Republic of Guinea.


  • Participation in various courses, training courses and seminars organized by the International Academy of Law; the International Peace Academy and OAU; the  International Commission of  Jurists ; by the Cairo Diplomatic Training Centre; by UNITAR ; etc.
  • April 1st to May 30th 1994: Diplomatic training at the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations Office, Geneva, Swiss.


  • 1995 to 1997: Member of the Burkina Faso Drugs control Committee; the Burkinabe National Pilgrimage to Mecca Organizing Commission; the National Committee for the Fight against the Proliferation, Circulation and Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons.


  • French: read, spoken and written;
  • English:  read, spoken.

 IIX – DISTINCTION:  Officier de l’Ordre National du Burkina Faso



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