BUJUMBURA September 28th (ABP) – The Director of Operations of the World Bank for Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angola and Sao Tome and Principe Albert G. Zeufack accompanied by the Representative of the World Bank in Burundi Mrs. Hawa Wagué was received in audience successively by Burundian Prime Minister Gervais Ndirakobuca and Vice-President Prosper Bazombanza on Tuesday September 27, 2022 at Ntare House.
At the end of these hearings, Albert G. Zeufack indicated that he came as the new director of operations of the World Bank in charge of Burundi to reiterate the support of the World Bank and its commitment alongside Burundi to accelerate economic growth, so that it is strong, sustainable and inclusive.
He discussed with the two high personalities the actions to be taken together so that the portfolio allocated to projects supported by the World Bank contributes to improving the living conditions of Burundians.
They also talked about the specific projects put forward by the government team such as the implementation of transformative projects that can lead to an improvement in the living conditions of Burundians. They mentioned the need for the World Bank to support the vision of the President of the Republic of Burundi and to support Burundi in the implementation of its National Development Program (PND) 2018-2027. They also discussed issues that could hinder the implementation of this program.
Vice President Prosper Bazombanza indicated that the World Bank is funding 12 specific projects for Burundi and two regional projects. He pointed out that the wish of the Burundian government is the rapid implementation of all the agreed projects because, he pointed out, it has often been observed that when it comes to making the disbursement, there are obstacles that arise here and there until the planned budget falls into cancellation, which is very deplorable.
He invited the Representative of the World Bank in Burundi to stay in contact with the Government so that whenever there is a problem, that she gets in touch with the institution concerned to quickly clear up any misunderstandings, so that the projects planned to improve the well-being of Burundians are carried out.
According to the Spokesman of the Prime Minister, Moïse Nkurunziza, these projects financed by the World Bank concern, among others, the field of energy, health, education, social protection, agriculture and livestock. It is also about the construction of the national road (RN1) which connects the two capitals of the country, Gitega-Bujumbura, the construction of the railway which will connect Burundi, the DRC and Tanzania, the construction of the factories of transformation of agricultural products for export and digitization of public services.