NGOZI July 27th (ABP) – The President of the Republic of Burundi, Evariste Ndayishimiye enhanced his presence on Tuesday July 26, 2022 in Ngozi, the opening ceremonies of the week dedicated to the Burundian diaspora.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, Ambassador Albert Shingiro, commended the massive participation of members of the diaspora. For that 6th session, he said, all Burundians working outside their motherland are invited to contribute a stone to the building for the integral development of the country.
For Minister Shingiro, it is a session that is taking place in a favorable context where the security situation reigns throughout the country and on a warming of Burundi’s cooperation relations with bilateral and multilateral partners, who had suspended cooperation since 2015.
The theme chosen for this year is “Burundian diaspora together for agricultural development and environmental protection”.
According to Amb. Shingiro, the week is organized to arouse the enthusiasm of each Burundian for the development of the country.
He took the opportunity to inform participants at the Ngozi meeting of the new government policy known as economic diplomacy. This is based on 5 pillars, namely raising awareness among members of the diaspora for investments in Burundi, technology transfer, trade, tourism and the implementation of projects inspired by the National Program for the Development of Burundi (NDP 2018-2027).
Minister Shingiro ended by informing the members of the diaspora of the facilities provided by the government. Among other things, he cited facilities for Burundians who want to return with their belongings and help them in the search for documents for those who want to set up their own businesses.
In his occasional speech, the President of the Republic thanked the Almighty for a country of milk, honey, a country full of minerals with drinking water and a geography like no other.
He was pleased that Burundi has just regained its dignity and prestige in the concert of nations. He has the presidency of the East African Community for this year, the vice-presidency of the General Assembly of the United Nations to name a few. Peace and security have been restored. He is delighted with the change in behavior of Burundians who yesterday called themselves refugees, but who have now changed to call themselves members of the Burundian diaspora.
He thanked the Burundians from abroad on vacation who have made a tradition of meeting each year to discuss how to contribute to the development of their country. He asked them to support the agriculture sector erected first priority of responsible and hardworking government.
The ceremonies were attended by many Burundian authorities and representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in Burundi as well as members of the Burundian diaspora.