Access To Markets

Burundi is member of economic communities CEPGL, COMESA, EAC totalling more than 20 countries and 450 million consumers. Since 2008, the process is started for the integration of these three communities into a single regional community, (AEC) African Economic CommunityThe attractiveness of Burundi as a place to invest relies on the improvement of the business environment by the Government.

The efforts in improving the latter are focused on increasing the competitiveness of the economy in order to enable the Burundian Economy to take advantage of the opportunities offered by open markets. Indeed, the integration of Burundi in the Eastern African Community (EAC) and in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) represents an opportunity in terms of direct foreign investment.

The EAC increases the size of the market accessible to Burundian products and stimulates the diversification of local production. On the other hand, the country will be the focal point of the trade within the regional, link up the central Africa, the oriental Africa and the southern Africa. Indeed, if the infrastructures of transportation are developed further, countries such as Rwanda and Uganda will make the choice of transiting their their goods through the port of Bujumbura for their commercial exchanges with Southern Africa via Tanganyika Lake.

The same applies to the exchanges between the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Oriental Africa. Burundi could represent a strategic position for foreign investors wishing to invest in the region and to penetrate neighbouring markets. The opportunities and challenges currently facing Burundi are strongly linked to regional integration that forecast the creation of new realities for the direct foreign investments in the country.

Capital transfer advantages

  • Free transfer of foreign capital and income after payment of taxes
  • Transferring unused professional income by foreign employees
  • The transfer of capital remuneration in the form of dividends, in full for enterprises with foreign capital
  • Protection of private property
  • Non–nationalization and non–expropriation of investments implemented in its territory as well as any measures of equivalent scope

An Investment Promotion Agency (API) entirely at your service (APISTE team)

Has several high–qualified bilingual French–English staff Assists investors in all steps: drafting of statutes, registration of companies in Burundi, obtaining tax identification, compiling the file required to access the benefits of the Investment Code, obtaining work and residence permits, etc

Tax Advantages

All new investments are automatically entitled to :

  • Waiving of mutation on the acquisition of property rights and land Deduction of 37% as tax credit on the amount of depreciable invested good
  • No refund to the fiscal administration with disposed assets that raised tax credit for a period of five years
  • Tax credit during the implementation of investments for new businesses or for the extension of existing businesses
  • Reduction of 2 and 5% in the rate of tax credit on the profits of companies that respectively employ between 50–200 employees and over 200 employees

A business environment in constant improvement

  • Simplified administrative formalities
  • Obtaining trade registers and fiscal identification in approximately 3 days
  • Creation of the Burundian office of Revenues to boost the services of taxes and customs, and to fight against corruption
  • Declaration only necessary with the services of the customs to have the exemptions of customs rights and value–added tax (VAT) on the facilities and raw materials
  • A set of reforms in progress: the total liberalization of all sectors, the privatization of states enterprises, etc