BUJUMBURA February 17th (ABP) – The national director of Speech and Actions for the Awakening of Consciousness and the Evolution of Mentalities (PARCEM), Mr. Faustin Ndikumana, hosted, on Wednesday February 15, 2023, in Bujumbura, a news conference, to talk about the problem of unemployment and inflation in Burundi.
During the visits he made to the field, the national director of PARCEM noted that Burundi is facing three problems relating to the increase in prices for various goods, unemployment, and the stagnation of agricultural production.
Regarding unemployment, Mr. Ndikumana said that many unemployed people underestimate employment even if they have a low level of training. He also spoke of the instability of certain non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which would contribute a lot to reducing unemployment.
Regarding the job creation initiative, he said that the purchasing power is weak, hence the lack of customers. Thus, he raised challenges related to the lack of infrastructure, the difficulty of transporting goods, and corruption.
In rural areas, Mr. Ndikumana indicated that there is no land to cultivate at all and that livestock requires a lot of resources. Farmers seem to be unemployed, he said, before explaining that they have small properties, which pushes them to come to town to practice small trades such as bicycle taxi, itinerant trade and others.
Mr. Ndikumana took the opportunity to thank the government of Burundi for the measures taken to fight against the gatherings of the unemployed “ligalas”, while asking, nevertheless, that those measures be in accordance with the protection of human rights.