Economy
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Burundi: ICTs infrastructure left unexploited because of lack of culture

05-16-2017 Minister of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) says, despite the country having enough basic infrastructure, Burundi falls back in the use of ICTs. “We have found that Burundi has a fairly well-developed ICT infrastructure. But the observation we make, bitterly noteworthy, is that we are still deficient in terms of (...)
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Six food products exempted from tax; consumers demand list extension

05-16-2017 On May 12, the Minister of Finance issued a Ministerial Ordinance exempting six food products from tax. Consumers and traders say these products are not enough given the economic situation in Burundi. “Cassava and cassava flour, maize and maize flour, rice and dried beans are the products exempt from (...)
' Long queues at the northern Bujumbura bus stop

Passengers go through terrible ordeal at bus stations following fuel shortage

05-09-2017 Scuffles, frustrations, quarrels…. are noticed at the north bus stop in Bujumbura city center. Long queues of passengers are built up at different bus stops. Pupils, civil servants, everyone rushes to go back home. But a shortage of buses is observed; they come in small numbers due to the (...)
' Many cars queuing up for fuel on one gas station in the south of the Burundian capital

Fuel shortage still unsolved, say Bujumbura residents

05-04-2017 The Minister of Energy and Mining announced yesterday that petroleum products will now be distributed only at fuel stations and in daytime from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The decision is taken after a serious lack of fuel that has been observed in the country since the last few (...)
' Long queues at Kinindo City Oil station

Fuel shortage far from being worked out in Burundi

04-27-2017 Long queues of cars, motorcycles and people who have cans, wait for hours at the few stations that are open. City oil and Kingstar stations from the southern to northern neighborhoods in the capital Bujumbura are providing fuel. “I have spent four days looking for fuel but in vain”, (...)
' Fuel shortage sparks controversy between government authorities over cause

Fuel shortage sparks controversy between government authorities over cause

04-20-2017 The Ministry of Energy and Mining says the shortage of fuel earlier his week was due to a “technical breakdown” that interrupted clearance processes within the Burundi Revenue Authority (OBR), an allegation the Authority denies. From last Monday till yesterday, many of the fuel pumps around Bujumbura town were (...)
' All processed products must meet quality control standards, says BBN official

All processed products must meet quality control standards, says BBN official

04-20-2017 Flour, maize, fruits, sunflower oil, banana wine, juice, rice, coffee… are some of the agricultural products exhibited in a three-day trade fair being held in the capital Bujumbura on the occasion of the week of the agro-food promotion. Some of the products are yet to be certified by Burundi (...)
' Participants in 22nd meeting of the Committee of Directors of the Central Banks held in Bujumbura

COMESA launch of monetary union postponed to 2030

03-30-2017 Based on the assessments by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) monetary institute, the launch of monetary union that was expected by January 2018 has been postponed to 2030. The date set by the COMESA Summit of Heads of State, which proposes to establish the Monetary (...)
' Vehicles queuing up at Kinindo City Oil gas station

Bujumbura residents complain about fuel shortage

03-29-2017 Since 28 March, there are long queues of vehicles waiting for fuel at different gas stations in the capital Bujumbura. The residents fear that the situation may get worse. The Ministry of Energy and Mines reassures them, however. “I have been looking for fuel since 5a.m. but in vain. (...)
' Séverin Sindayikengera, Director of CNTA: “There is a need to work in synergy”.

Burundi food industry needs to be supported

03-23-2017 Development Action and Regional Integration-ADIR Burundi has organized this 23 March a meeting with all stakeholders in the development of the agro-business. The climate and trade aspects of food security in Burundi as well as the promotion of food industry were the main focus in the meeting. Nicolas Mazina (...)