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Cooperatives are called upon to produce a lot in order to have a surplus to export

ByWebmaster

Apr 27, 2022

MAKAMBA April 26th (ABP) – The provincial administration of Makamba (southern Burundi) is sensitizing cross-border traders to get together in cooperatives and produce a lot to have a surplus to export. The Governor of Makamba, Mrs. Françoise Ngozirazana indicated this on Friday, April 22, 2022 in Makamba during an awareness meeting organized by the Burundi Development Agency (ADB) on export opportunities and sanitary and phytosanitary measures. to cross-border traders from the Makamba, Rumonge and Rutana provinces.

Mrs. Ngozirazana indicated that the ADB has just organized this sensitization at the right time because the population of Makamba feels called into commercial activities. She indicated that women in the cross-border trade sector encounter difficulties, hence the need to be trained in the legislation governing this sector. In order to have products to export, they are called upon to work in the agricultural sector because they can have a sales market, whether in Burundi or in the region.

The head of the export promotion department at the ADB, Mr. Jean Claude Cibogoye, indicated that Burundi has export opportunities. These opportunities include Burundi’s membership in the East Africa Community (EAC) region. That community offers benefits to small traders not exceeding a capital of 2000 dollars. They do not pay customs duties according to the conventions included in the simplified trade regime found in the protocols of the single customs territory of the EAC. A certificate of origin is received at all border stops to facilitate these small traders.

According to Mr. Cibogoye, the ADB sensitizes Burundians to produce a lot because the flow market is potential indicating that the EAC has more than 300 million inhabitants. The reason why Burundians can increase production.

That production will have to follow international standards so all products must have a phytosanitary certificate offered by the ministry in charge of agriculture.

The participants asked that the service which grants this phytosanitary certificate be close to them because that service is located in Bujumbura.