Paul Kaba Thieba
|Paul Kaba Thieba|
Paul Kaba Thieba meeting Tsai Ing-wen in May 2016
|Prime Minister of Burkina Faso|
13 January 2016
|President||Roch Marc Christian Kaboré|
|Preceded by||Yacouba Isaac Zida|
|Born||28 July 1960
Bobo-Dioulasso, Upper Volta
(now Burkina Faso)
|Alma mater||University of Ouagadougou
Paris Descartes University
Early life and family
Paul Kaba Thieba was born on 28 July 1960 in Bobo-Dioulasso. He has three children.
In September 1998, he was appointed head of the foreign exchange service of the Central Bank of West African States. Between July 2000 and December 2006, he was assistant director of financial operations. In January 2007, he obtained the position of director of financial operations, which he held until December 2008. Between January 2009 and December 2011, he was adviser to the director of the General Affairs Department and from January 2012, adviser to the Chief Operating Officer.
Between February 2014 and his appointment as head of government in January 2016, he was Managing Director of the Financial Stability Fund of the West African Monetary Union.
Thieba was appointed as Prime Minister by President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on 6 January 2016, shortly after Kaboré took office.
He faced his first test as Prime Minister when Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb militants attacked Hotel Splendid in Ouagadougou on 15 January 2016. Security forces stormed the hotel. Over 30 people were freed and more than 20 people died.
In a cabinet reshuffle on 20 February 2017, the size of Thieba’s government was slightly expanded, from 29 to 32 ministers.