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The liberalization of the electricity sector in Burundi, one of the items analyzed by the Cabinet members


Oct 2, 2023

BUJUMBURA, October 2nd (ABP) – The Head of State chaired the Cabinet meeting which was held on September 27, 2023, with five items on the agenda. Among those items was the bill revising the law reorganizing the electricity sector in Burundi, according to the press release issued on Thursday, September 28 by the general secretary office of the government.

That bill aims to promote the progressive liberalization of the electricity sector in Burundi. The new organization provides that Regideso, as manager of the interconnected transport network, retains the autonomy and monopoly of that operation. At the level of construction, operation of the distribution network and marketing of energy to the customer, the actors will be plural, Regideso as well as the private sector. On the other hand, the construction and operation of the isolated network are the responsibility of the ABR, private individuals being able to send a request to the Ministry in charge of energy, in the event that they wish to cover an isolated site.

Modifications to the law in force were suggested such as the establishment of clear pricing and billing rules, the protection of consumers and the compensation of damages suffered by them at the hands of operators.

                                                                                                                                 View of the Cabinet members

After analysis and debate, the bill was passed with a few recommendations including the finalization as quickly as possible of the bill relating to the water sector.

The Cabinet members also focused on the analysis and adoption of the draft decree revising the decree relating to the missions, organization and functioning of the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research. It is with the aim of the conclusions of the Cabinet members, to allow the functioning of services in a fluid and coordinated manner in the implementation of the actions included in the education sector plan and the implementation of the National Development Plan (PND).

To do this, certain modifications were introduced within that ministry. This involves the creation of two permanent secretariats, one in charge of school administration, human resources management and the other in charge of higher education, research and pedagogical, scientific and technological innovations. It was proposed to create a Polytechnic Training and Professional Retraining center and set up a general directorate of Higher Education.

It was recommended to place the Kamenge University Hospital Center and the Institute of Nutritional Sciences of the East African Community under the authority of the Vice Chancellor and not under the supervision of the ministry. After discussions and debates, the draft decree was approved.