Economy
' Mr. Rurimunzu Déogratias
“The number subscribers to internet increased with the introduction of 3G”

Burundi Agency of Telecommunication Regulation to improve internet services

01-19-2017 “The rate of entry of internet is 8.2% in Burundi while the medium rate in East Africa is 30%”, said Déogratias Rurimunzu, Managing Director of Burundi Agency in charge of Telecommunication Regulation (ARCT). An improvement is needed. The rate of entry of internet shows that few people in the (...)
' Beans sale point in Kamenge area, North Bujumbura.

Kirundo and Muyinga Governors’ protective measures cause beans shortage in Bujumbura

01-18-2017 Beans, a staple food in Burundi, have been scarce in the capital since the end of 2016, costing 50% more than they did in October. Kamenge wholesalers say the shortage of beans in the capital Bujumbura might stem from the measures by governors of some northern provinces to restrict (...)
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Burundi Mine and Quarry Authority committed to fighting mineral illicit trade

01-18-2017 Jean Claude Nduwayo, Director General of Burundi Mine and Quarry Authority-OBM, says minerals do not belong to individuals but to the government. He says only companies or cooperatives are allowed to exploit them. “Jérémie Bampanze from Kayanza northern Province was arrested on Saturday 14 January 2017 accused of illegal (...)
' The rise in price of staple food causes inflation

Inflation, cause of price increase in Burundi

01-17-2017 Parcem, a local NGO for mentality change in Burundi, has launched this 17 January a sensitization campaign against inflation following the rise in price of some products. Some causes of inflation are the price increase of stable food, the lack of foreign currency, the increase of tax collection, the (...)
' Fares on public transport increased

Burundi’s 2017 budget hitting consumers as government raises cost of fuel, and now bus fares

01-13-2017 The ministries of commerce and transport increased fares on public transport in Bujumbura on Thursday 12th January, due to the rising cost of fuel. Fares will rise from BIF 300 to BIF 350 in Bujumbura, and by 11% in the rest of the country. The rise in the cost (...)
' Beneficiaries of the job fair receive training on how to apply for jobs through interview

Job fair for unemployed youths in Burundi

01-13-2017 Counterpart International, an NGO, has organized a two day job fair for unemployed youths in the capital of Bujumbura. About 50 youths from the capital welcomed the initiative. “I have got the opportunity to talk face to face with employers and, thanks to this job fair, I now know (...)
' Léonard Sentore: “All taxes will be collected from the internal taxes and customs revenues.”

Burundi Revenue Authority more determined than ever to collect more revenues

01-12-2017 Burundi Revenue Authority (OBR) aims to collect an estimated BIF 720, 2 billion in 2017. Some factors have been taken into account to predict its success. The rental tax that will be collected by OBR (60% will be paid into communal treasury while 40% will be paid into public (...)
' Trucks overloaded with charcoal

Restrictive measures against excessive charcoal loading

01-12-2017 Police traffic say restrictive measures will be taken against charcoal dealers who overload their trucks with charcoal. The latter say they do so because traffic police ask them to pay bribes. “We meet various roadblocks set up by some civilians and the police on our way to the capital (...)
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Speculation in transportation fees following recent fuel price increase

01-10-2017 “Prices of transport have significantly increased since Sunday on 8th January. I make a round trip from Bujumbura to Muramvya every weekend to see my family as I work far from them. On Sunday evening, on my way back to Bujumbura, I paid BIF 5000 from Muramvya to Bujumbura (...)
' Coffee sector privatization spells misery to over 4 million Burundians

Coffee sector privatization spells misery to over 4 million Burundians

01-05-2017 The World Bank has forced Burundi government to privatize the coffee industry. With private managers advancing their own interests, millions of farmers continuously lose their once main source of income. Privatization of the coffee sector in Burundi continues to bring woes to farmers. The latter fear coffee production will (...)