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Towards the implementation of the sector strategy of the ministry in charge of the EAC


Jul 13, 2021

BUJUMBURA July 12th (ABP) – The sector strategy of the Ministry of East African  Community Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture was analyzed during the Cabinet Meeting held in Gitega on Wednesday July 7, 2021 under the chairmanship of Burundi Head of State Evariste Ndayishimiye.

In a press release issued on July 8, 2021, Secretary General and Government Spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiye said the Ministry of East African Community Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture has drawn up its sector strategy to respond to the government’s recommendation for the implementation of the national development plan (PND). He added that this strategy constitutes a tool for operationalizing the PND through its axes relating to the sectors of intervention, in particular integration within the East African community, youth, sports and culture.

The said strategy proposes to contribute to the development of the country through projects integrating the framework of the East African community, the improvement of the well-being of the youth, the preservation of culture and the promotion of sports which have an important role in the social cohesion and peacebuilding but also in improving the health of young people, becoming a determining factor of human capital for better performance.

It was also reported that the vision of the strategy is “a prosperous Burundi, actively engaged in the East African community, taking advantage of opportunities for a better future for the benefit of Burundian citizens, promoting the well-being of youth, to the development of sport and the preservation of cultural heritage”.

After discussions and debate, the Cabinet adopted the strategy and made a few recommendations, in particular close supervision of young people, the joint work of the ministries in charge of youth and in charge of education to achieve economic empowerment of young people so that the financing of partners granted in that context is really a capital that brings added value and over a short period. The implementation of that strategy must also be concretized through the development of projects.

The Cabinet also analyzed the draft decree relating to the internal regulations of the government of the Republic of Burundi presented by the services of the prime minister. That draft decree fills the gaps for the one who leads and coordinates the government’s action when the Prime Minister is not available. As indicated in the press release, article 133 of the constitution stipulates that the prime minister leads and coordinates the action of the government.

He chairs the preparatory meetings of the Cabinet. Article 134 of the same constitution indicates that the government’s internal regulations specify who leads and coordinates the government’s action when the Prime Minister is not available. Taking into account the attendance order of ministers, the plan provides that if the prime minister is unable to attend, the minister responsible for the interior will lead and coordinate the government’s action.

After discussions and debates, the bill was passed with the recommendation to add a provision which specifies that in the absence of the Minister in charge of the Interior, another member of the government may be appointed for that purpose.

The Cabinet also analyzed the bill on the organization of the diplomatic service. That bill guarantees the development of a diplomatic career in accordance with the principles of efficiency, stability, transparency, continuity and mobility. After verification, the Cabinet passed it with some alterations.  Abp/dnt