BUJUMBURA March 10th (ABP) – The President of the Republic of Burundi, Evariste Ndayishimiye, accompanied by his Better Half, Mrs. Angeline Ndayishimiye, returned on Friday March 10, 2023, from Doha in Qatar, where he took part in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) conference, and in the fifth UN conference on LDCs which took place from March 5 to 9, 2023.
Upon his arrival at Melchior Ndadaye International Airport, the Head of State gave an interview to the press.
With regard to the LDCs conference, President Ndayishimiye said that the Heads of State from the LDCs had an open-hearted conversation until they set themselves the objective of doing everything possible to develop, in order to no longer meet as so-called least developed countries.
As for the 5th United Nations Conference on LDCs, Mr. Ndayishimiye indicated that it was first a question of self-assessment in relation to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which aims to leave nobody aside when it comes to the well-being and sustainable development of populations.
He also pointed out that Burundi was honored to co-chair the round-table on global trading systems, emphasizing, to that end, that trade is the pillar of development.
During that round-table, President Ndayishimiye had the opportunity to present some challenges haunting the LDCs and solutions to address them. He also reported having taken a lesson after listening to the different presentations made by the participants on the life of their respective countries.
“Burundi is rich”, he underlined while deploring that in Qatar the rain does not exist, and that all consumable products are imported from outside. Also, the family of the Emir of Qatar, Mr. Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, practices the poultry farming while they do not even grow maize, he testified.
President Ndayishimiye took the opportunity to wink again at Burundians while calling on them to make inspection and work hard to eradicate hunger and poverty without forgetting to transform the country’s heritage in order to export it as a finished product.
For those who are able to develop innovative projects but unable to implement them, the Head of State urges them to seek those who can finance them in order to work in synergy to achieve sustainable development for everyone.
The President of the Republic then announced that he had the opportunity to meet with the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, pointing out that the two countries already have good relations. Their talk focused on strengthening cooperation in the areas of agriculture and livestock, social infrastructure, electricity and mineral processing.
They also discussed the situation prevailing in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “As the Chair of the East African Community, I asked the Emir to support us in encouraging the community’s defense forces already deployed in the DR Congo for the restoration of peace and security in the east of this country,” Mr. Ndayishimiye said.
He also spoke with the authorities of the Qatari Fund for Development on cooperation opportunities in certain sectors. Thus, he said that a commission from Qatar will soon be in Burundi to meet the Burundian commission for the implementation of their agreements, particularly in the sectors of health, agriculture and livestock, education and social infrastructure.
Finally, he reported having visited the people of Qatar as part of encouraging them to come and invest in Burundi.
It is worth noting that the ministers of the two countries responsible for development cooperation signed an Agreement on the exchange of employees between Qatar and Burundi.