BUJUMBURA June 22nd (ABP) – The Chinese Embassy in Burundi held on Saturday June 19, 2021, in Bujumbura, the award ceremonies to the winners of the 2nd edition of the writing competition, under the theme “Me and China”.
It was on the occasion of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, a check by ABP revealed.
In her occasional address, Chinese Ambassador to Burundi, Mrs. Zhao Jiang Ping, said that the articles by 11 Burundian winners were about bilateral relations with Burundi and the success of the People’s Republic of China in the fight against poverty.
Besides, Ping added, China’s intention is to cooperate with all developing countries to establish a kind of international relationship characterized by mutual respect, justice and win-win cooperation.
In his speech, Mr. Bernard Ntahiraja, political advisor in charge of special and strategic issues in the office of the Ministry in charge of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the supervisory ministry, congratulated the People’s Republic of China, via its ambassador, to have organized that 2nd edition of writing competition which, according to him, would have allowed the participants to reflect and express themselves on the vast and varied subjects, in particular the progress made by China in the fight against poverty and the preponderant role of the Chinese Communist Party.
He reiterated the warm thanks of the Republic of Burundi for the multifaceted support that China continues to give to Burundians and which affects their lives, including agriculture, health, education, energy, infrastructure, human training, to name but a few.
Mr. Ntahiraja added that the construction of the Presidential House of Burundi, the Teacher’s College (ENS) and that of the general hospital of Mpanda are great achievements that remain engraved in the memory of Burundians.
Burundi ahead of time congratulates China on implementing its ongoing projects planned in our country, such as the RN1 deviation project, the rehabilitation and extension of the Melchior Ndadaye international airport, the construction of the building housing the services of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ntahiraja said.
“The Chinese sing in Kirundi and the Burundians sing in Chinese, and this shows the cohesion and mutual knowledge between a Burundian and a Chinese,” affirmed Mr. Ntahiraja, who took this opportunity to encourage the winners of that competition to continue in the same path for future occasions. He asked them to also apply the positive values and good lessons taken in that competition to further contribute to the development of the country.
Mr. Eliabu Izodukiza, one of the winners of that competition, warmly thanked the Chinese Embassy in Burundi for its involvement in promoting the talents of young Burundians. He also comforted the losers of that contest, saying that aside from those awards, they also benefited from the experience.
The winners received a certificate of participation and other gifts including a desktop computer, smartphones, suitcases and knitwear.