Economy
' Domitien Ndihokubwayo, Minister of Finance: «We wish to take a step forward in doubling the disbursement rate next year.”

Low disbursement rate as major performance challenge of World Bank budget in Burundi

03-21-2018 “The disbursement rate is not satisfactory as there are projects that were started two years ago while the disbursement rate is at 20% and those projects are supposed to be completed in two or three years, “said Domitien Ndihokubwayo, Minister of Finance, during the meeting between the World Bank (...)
' Déo Guide Rurema: “Burundi like other countries in the East African region faces problems in the cotton sector”

Brazilian Agency for Cooperation to rescue Cotton Sector in Burundi

03-20-2018 The Brazilian Agency for cooperation has promised this March 19th 2018 to improve the cotton sector in Burundi as it is going through a critical period due to land scarcity, climate change and parasites attack in East African region. The Brazilian Agency for Cooperation includes the Burundi cotton sector (...)
' Saleswomen in Bujumbura city center say they work in difficult conditions.

International Day against Police Brutality: street vendors in dire straits

03-16-2018 It’s 11:00 a.m. on 15 March in Bujumbura City Center. It’s raining. Street sellers are performing their daily activities with difficulty. Saleswomen with basket full of goods on their heads are selling their products to all passerby. In front of “Village Market”, two saleswomen are selling their orange and (...)
' Three local PARCEM representatives in public hearing

Burundi: PARCEM to lodge an appeal for its three representatives sentenced by Muramvya Court

03-13-2018 Three representatives of local NGO involved in changing people’s mindset (PARCEM) accused of high treason were sentenced of 10 years’ imprisonment and BIF 200.000 each in fine by Muramvya High Court on 8 March. Faustin Ndikumana, PARCEM Chairman says his organization is shocked to hear the sentence pronounced against (...)
' Faustin Ndikumana: “The government should seek why people are tarnishing the image of their country and find a solution”

Tarnished Burundi image, serious handicap to touristic sector development

03-06-2018 One among other factors that cause Burundi to remain among the poorest countries in the world is the lack of development of the touristic sector. This is mainly caused by the bad image of the country presented by some Burundians. “CNDD-FDD members, FNL members …all Burundians included are victims (...)
' Edouard Bagumako: “Burundi should review strategies to reinforce security and re-open doors to tourists”

Burundi: Suspension of tourist visa issuance at airport decreases tourist number

03-02-2018 Non issuance of tourist visa at the airport is one of the main challenges that the touristic and hotels sector faces today. This was said during an exchange meeting between public and private partners operating in this sector. An anonymous private partner who owns a hotel asks the national (...)
' Gaston Sindimwo

No economic partnership agreements between EU and Burundi unless sanctions are lifted

02-28-2018 In a press conference held this Tuesday 27 February 2018, Burundi First Deputy President says the government still maintains its decision not to sign the European Union economic partnership agreements. Gaston Sindimwo says that after his return from the 19th summit of the EAC Heads of state that was (...)
' Transparency International: "Burundi is ranked 157th out of 180 countries, with an index of 22 out of 100"

Burundi government dismisses Transparency International report on corruption

02-26-2018 The anti-corruption civil society organization “Transparency International” has recently released a report on the corruption perception index of the year 2017. This index ranked 180 countries and territories according to their perceived levels of public sector corruption. It uses a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 is highly (...)
' Faustin Ndikumana: “The lack of strategic orientations and priorities always lead to underdevelopment”

Contribution to 2020 elections leads to ambiguity, PARCEM says

02-21-2018 Faustin Ndikumana, Chairman of PARCEM, a local NGO involved in the changing of people’s mentality, says some major irregularities are still uncovered since the announcement of the contribution to the 2020 elections. “There are some unclear points that need to be clarified for the success of the contribution process. (...)
' Traders of Kinama rehabilitated market are not pleased with the small stands given to them

Tensions among traders at Kinama rehabilitated market

02-15-2018 Cries, insults, frustration …are what characterized the morning atmosphere of traders at Kinama newly rehabilitated market in the capital Bujumbura this 14 February. Since the six rehabilitated markets were reopened to traders, those from Kinama neighbourhood were allowed to get into the market by 13 February. Traders surprisingly discovered (...)
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