BUJUMBURA November 14th (ABP) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, Mr. Albert Shingiro and the Japanese Ambassador to Burundi, Mr. Masahiro IMAI, proceeded on Friday, November 11, 2022, in Bujumbura, to the signing and exchange of Notes on Japan’s assistance in the field of health in Burundi.
Following the signing and exchange of these Notes, Minister Shingiro clarified that they relate to the assistance granted to Burundi by Japan. That assistance consists of medical equipment worth about 2 million US dollars, he added.
This equipment constitutes an added value in the field of health, underlined Minister Shingiro while thanking Japan which maintains good relations with Burundi.
He said that during his recent work trip to Japan, he had the opportunity to meet with his Japanese counterpart where the two personalities pledged to do their best so that development cooperation relations can be further improved, especially in the areas of health, education, transport and agriculture”.
The Minister in charge of Development Cooperation took the opportunity to bid farewell to Ambassador Masahiro who is ending his mandate in Burundi. He wished him good health and success in other functions entrusted to him. He finally asked him to be the ambassador of Burundi.
The Japanese ambassador, meanwhile, stressed that this donation, which amounts to 300 million yen, will be used to strengthen the functions of medical facilities to ensure equitable access to medical services in Burundi.
According to him, this is the supply of medical equipment to increase the quality of medical services, particularly for rural areas of Burundi in order to adapt to the National Development Plan (PND 2018-2027) of Burundi. This equipment will be delivered within a few months, reassured Mr. Masahiro.