BUJUMBURA March 20th (ABP) – The Prime Minister of Burundi, Gervais Ndirakobuca, granted, on Thursday, March 16, 2023, a series of audiences, to the various authorities including Mr. Sylvestre Ntibantunganya, the chairman of the National Committee for Social Dialogue (CNDS), Mrs. Brigitte Mukanga Eno, Resident Representative of the High Commissioner for Refugees to Burundi (HCR) and Mr. Pancrace Cimpaye, General Coordinator of the Belgo-Burundi Synergy for Development (Bel-Burundi asbl).
In his interview given to the press, CNDS Chair Ntibantunganya indicated that their discussion focused on the step already taken in the reform of the national charter of social dialogue.
As for Mrs. Mukanga Eno, she indicated that during that audience they discussed two aspects, in particular the voluntary return of Burundian refugees as well as their reintegration in Burundi and the improvement of living conditions and freedom of movement for Congolese refugees living in Burundi.
On the same occasion, the Resident Representative of UNHCR took the opportunity to inform the Prime Minister that after the last visit by the High Commissioner for Refugees to Burundi, UNHCR will increase the return package for returnees and also continue to work together for the reintegration of more than 200,000 Burundian refugees who have already returned since the beginning of the repatriation operation.
Finally, Prime Minister Ndirakobuca met with Pancrace Cimpaye, the general coordinator of the Belgo-Burundian Synergy for Development (Bel-Burundi asbl). The latter came to explain to him the projects that are close to the heart of that organization, in particular the employability of young unemployed graduates, the organization of conferences on peaceful cohabitation and the consolidation of peace for sustainable development in Burundi.
According to Mr. Cimpaye, that symposium will be organized every three months and will bring together around a hundred Burundian personalities from different political parties, civil society organizations, religious denominations, media professionals, the diaspora and politicians in exile who are reluctant to return, he said.