BUJUMBURA August 4th (ABP) – Some members of the Burundian diaspora launched, on Wednesday August 2, 2023, the action called “five dollars per month” which consists in contributing to the development of the country to the tune of 5 dollars per month.
In an interview given to the press, the deputy leader of the Burundi Diaspora Association, Mr. Jean Berchimans Manirakiza, said that some members of the Burundian diaspora present in Bujumbura, met at the Bank of the Republic du Burundi (BRB) to officially launch a Diaspora project called “Action 5 dollars per month”. According to him, it is a project that was recommended during Diaspora Week in past years and which was supported by the President of the Republic of Burundi, Evariste Ndayishimiye, who then instructed the technical services to open a diaspora account at the BRB. “This is the reason why we came to officially launch this activity by depositing currencies in this account,” Mr. Manirakiza said.
He also indicated that this is an action that will continue every month and that at the end of the year, there will be a joint evaluation, in order to assess the progress of the activity. Mr. Manirakiza pointed out that it is a little difficult to determine the amount to be reached but he estimates, to that end, that based on the number of members of the Burundian diaspora established abroad, which amounts to 500,000 people, one can provisionally imagine the amount, if each individual deposits 5 dollars per month.
He thus made believe that it would be a significant sum that could contribute to the development of the country. And to mention that the Head of State wanted that amount to be injected into income-generating activities initiated by young people.
He took advantage of the opportunity to make a strong appeal to any member of the Burundian diaspora to respond massively to that appeal made by the President of the Republic, in order to bring a stone to the construction of the country.