Author: Valerie B. Richardson


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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Foreign Trade

Burundian Exports The country exports mostly coffee, tea and manufactures. These three products alone account for 97% of Burundian exports. Burundi’ export performance depends heavily on the price and production of coffee, its major Export (72.1%, 2005, Economist Intelligence Unit). Its other exports include tea, sugar, cotton (historically, but there were no formal exports of cotton during the 1997–2004 period; cotton exports resumed in 2005) and hides. Total exports averaged about $50 million a year during 2000–2004, with coffee accounting for a little less than half the total. Tea accounted for about 5 percent; nonmonetary gold, always showing wide...

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Applicable Sectors For Investment Opportunties

One of the first questions I get asked are what are the possible investment opportunities and in what sectors are ripe for trade? So we compiled a list of investment opportunities in Burundi: Real Estate The country has a number of top class hotels in Bujumbura, on the edge of Lake Tanganyika and Kiriri Hillthat overlooks the capital city. Although new hotels are being built in the country, hotel capacity is still very low and hotel sector remains under exploited, representing an opportunity for investors.   Services The impact of economic reforms is particularly palpable in the services sector...

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FDI in Burundi

In terms of international investment, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Burundi rose from an average 0,5 million USD in 1999 to 10 million USD in 2009 (UNCTAD, 2010), a twenty–fold increase in 10 years. This is due in large part to the stabilization of the political situation and the actions taken by the government in recent years to attract FDI. Foreign Investment The Government of Burundi’s official attitude toward foreign direct investment is reflected in the new Investment Code, which was formally enacted in September 2008. The investment code aims to attract and reassure foreign investors by encouraging and...

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Cost of Doing Business in Burundi

Fuels The Eastern African region is said to be particularly rich in fuel and gas reserves, with at least 28 prospective sedimentary basins out of which Burundi has two, which have not been exploited yet. Most energy consumed in Burundi comes from wood and charcoal (about 95%). Other forms of energy include petroleum products, hydropower and peat. The country’s electrification rate is very low (1.8%) and more than 90% of electricity is consumed in Bujumbura. The hydropower potential is 1,700 megawatts (MW) of power theory, of which 300 MW is considered economically exploitable. At present, only 32 MW are...

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