Author: Valerie B. Richardson

Livestock and Farm Fishing

Burundi’s economy is mainly rural, and is thus essentially based on agriculture (coffee, tea, cotton) and livestock. More than 90% of the population depends it it also represents more than 50% of GDP. The Agricultural National Strategy comes at the right time to answer the multiple functions that the agricultural sector is called to assume. In July 2008, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Republic of Burundi validated the agricultural sectorial politics under the title “Agricultural National Strategy”. There are four strategic axes to the strategy: (i) lasting growth of productivity and the agricultural production (ii) promotion of...

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Political Structure

Structure of Government Burundi’s political system is a presidential representative democratic republic based on a multi–party state. There are currently 21 registered parties in Burundi. The President of Burundi is the head of state and head of government. The Burundi government is divided into three branches including the executive, legislative and judicial branch. The executive division comprises of the president and the council of ministers, the legislative branch comprises of a national assembly and a senate while the judicial section consists of the Supreme Court and the other constitutional courts. The president holds the most important position in the...

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Capital transfer

Capital transfer advantages include: 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....

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Burundian Imports

Imports play a major role in the Burundi economy. The terms of trade for the country register large trade deficits as the countries imports more than it exports. Imports comprise a wide variety of goods, mainly composed of manufactured goods, equipment, food, petroleum products and fuel. Manufactures make up about two–thirds of Burundi merchandise imports; fuels account for about 15%. This reflects the need to invest in domestic manufacturing and the scarcity of fuel resources in the country. EU countries, in particular Belgium, China and India are the major sources of Burundi’s imports. Of particular attention is the increasing...

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While the industrial sector could definitely become more competitive and diversified, the government is still very present. The export potential for this sector mainly lies in sub–regional markets and opportunities exist, among others, in the agro–industrial sector. Some non–exhaustive examples to explore :   Production, packaging, marketing of agricultural equipment and inputs Production of fruits and vegetables Packaging and transport Research and development on the conservation of agricultural foodstuffs Agri-food transformation industry (rice, cereals, etc.) Fertilizer plants (phosphates in the north of the country) Cement plants (raw materials available in the northeast) Textile industry Tea Factories in the South...

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