BUJUMBURA July 7th (ABP) – The First Lady of Burundi, Mrs. Angeline Ndayishimiye, returned, on Wednesday July 5, 2023, from a working mission to China where she took part in a Forum organized by the collective of Chinese women and that of African women, under the theme “Meeting of African and Chinese women for the purpose of development”.
The objective of the Forum was to sensitize African women to work to develop their country. The First Lady said that this forum was useful for African women because it helped raise their awareness, given the economy of China compared to that of African countries.
The Forum also saw the participation of Heads of State and their Wives, namely that of Malawi and Zanzibar, ministers from African countries, women leaders from China, the First Lady of China as well as the Speaker of the National Assembly of China.
The First Lady of Burundi indicated that during the forum, the participants visited various achievements of China which can inspire the African countries, among other things, the Youth Bank in charge of the conservation of the biodiversity, and genetic resources for humans and animals, the company Huawei where they discovered that China is ahead in information and communication technologies (ICT).
They also visited fields of rice, tomatoes mixed with eggplant, cultivated using modern methods as well as the plant commonly called rotis. They also visited the foundation in charge of the fight against famine, since the foundation of the First Lady has a mission to fight against diseases linked to malnutrition. Mrs. Angeline Ndayishimiye was delighted that China had agreed to support her foundation in all its activities. Also, she underlined, the collective of Chinese women has agreed to support those women from African countries, especially Burundi, in terms of capacity building to treat certain diseases such as cataracts and cervical cancer.
The First Lady did not fail to specify that she carried out that work mission at a time when Burundi was celebrating its independence, which coincided with the 26th anniversary of the repatriation of Hong Kong to China, which shows a deep friendship between the two countries.