BUJUMBURA September 4th (ABP) – The Cabinet Members met on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, in Bujumbura, under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Burundi, Evariste Ndayishimiye. According to the press release issued by the secretary general and government spokesperson, Prosper Ntahorwamiye, among the files analyzed is the Vision document “Burundi emerging country in 2040 and developed in 2060” which was presented by the services of the presidency of the Republic.
According to Mr. Ntahorwamiye, the drafting of that document was initiated following the national forum on the development of Burundi, held in Bujumbura in November 2021. This document is a long-term development planning instrument, which will guide the policies and strategies for sustainable development, with the aim of meeting the needs of present and future generations.
The ambition to make Burundi “A country emerging in 2040 and developed in 2060” demonstrates the commitment of the government of Burundi to transform the economic and institutional landscape of the country, improve performance in all sectors of activity and the living conditions of the people.
To achieve this, the vision identifies five closely linked pillars, namely State commitment, economic efficiency, social equity, sustainable ecology and heritage and fruitful partnership. The planning structures will then have to translate it into programs and projects.
The emergence of Burundi in 2040 will require the achievement of 22 strategic objectives. For its effective implementation, this vision requires ownership by the population.
That vision document also constitutes a roadmap for sustainable economic and social development. It is based on three issues, namely the structural transformation of the economy to stimulate an acceleration of economic growth without hindering ecological balance, decision-making based on evidence and a management and financing approach focused on the results, an improvement in the conditions and quality of life of the population with sustainable and controlled population growth.
After exchange and debate, the document was adopted with observations and recommendations, among others, to insert in the document images which reflect what Burundi will be an emerging country in 2040 and developed in 2060. At the level of the objective in relation to improving the institutional capacities of the State, the Cabinet members recommended placing particular emphasis on the promotion of human resources, the strengthening of the judicial, security and administrative apparatus.
In terms of the objective relating to non-dependence on external aid, emphasis must be placed on the promotion of trade, the promotion of foreign investment, the transfer of technologies in various sectors, and the promotion of good economic and social governance. It is also necessary to translate the document into Kirundi as soon as it is finalized and to disseminate the document to parliament and to the entire population so that everyone can absorb it and make it their own.
At the level of the accompanying documents of that vision, the Cabinet members proposed to insist on the promotion of statistics, to indicate the basic elements of the economy of the current country and the intermediate objectives to achieve this vision, as well as objectively evaluable indicators. In the implementation of that vision, each ministry will have to indicate the state of play of the different areas of its competence, the objectives to be achieved as well as the verifiable indicators, and what is missing for the objective to be achieved.