BUJUMBURA September 27th (ABP) – The Prime Minister of the Republic of Burundi Gervais Ndirakobuca received Wednesday, September 21, 2022 in his office, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Burundi Mrs. Zhao Jiangping.
At the end of the hearing, the Chinese ambassador to Burundi told the media that she was carrying a message of congratulations from the Chinese Prime Minister addressed to the Burundian Prime Minister to wish him every success in his new functions. According to Mrs. Zhao, the two prime ministers are satisfied with the bilateral relations between China and Burundi, adding that the Chinese side is ready to expand and deepen pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.
The Chinese Ambassador to Burundi did not forget to point out that she took advantage of this opportunity to present to the Burundi Prime Minister the progress of major projects between the two countries. She said that after the inauguration of the Ruzibazi hydropower plant, China is preparing the implementation of two projects.
He cited the diversion project of the national road number one (RN1 Bujumbura – Gitega) where the Chinese side will draft a design plan to prepare the launch of the tender. The second project is the extension and modernization of the Melchior Ndadaye International Airport where China is in the process of fixing a management institution for the implementation of that project.
Mrs. Zhao Jiangping said that apart from this area of infrastructure, China is ready to intervene also to deepen cooperation in the field of agriculture, especially for the cultivation of rice, and in the field of education and public health. China reaffirmed its commitment to support the government of Burundi in its efforts to build Burundi into an emerging country by 2040.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman Moïse Nkurunziza said that the Prime Minister welcomed the message of congratulations sent by his Chinese counterpart and hoped that the two Prime Ministers could continue to work together to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
The Burundian Prime Minister also expressed his thanks to the People’s Republic of China for its support in Burundi’s development projects and for remaining by Burundi’s side even in the difficult times that Burundi has gone through.