EABC urges Burundi government to waive covid-19 testing

The East African Business Council (EABC) Chief Executive Officer John Bosco Kalisa called on the Burundi government to waive COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated passengers entering Burundi. “This will boost tourism & trade and easing of forex bureau controls also the operationalization of Ruhwa one-stop border post will boost Burundi-Rwanda trade,” said the EABC...

Burundi forms committee to monitor railway project

In a presidential decree that was released by Burundi’s president Evariste Ndayishimiye earlier this week formed a committee whose mission is to ensure the sustainability of the project with the National policy. The railway project is expected to connect from Tanzania through the central corridor Uvinza-Musongati-Gitega-Bujumbura-Uvira and Kindu will see Burundi’s direct access to...

COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan Underway

The COMESA Secretariat has developed a draft COVID-19 Regional Food and Nutrition Security Response Plan to improve agricultural productivity, enhance access to competitive markets and trade in agri-food commodities in the region. Implementation of the Plan is expected to create synergies and complement existing initiatives in the region and Member States, targeting specific commodities...

Small cross border traders adopt new tactics to manage pandemic restrictions

The project region covers eastern DR Congo bordering western Rwanda and Uganda. PHOTO|FILE. Since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in the Great Lakes region in mid-March 2020, small scale traders have been unable to cross borders as they have traditionally done either to buy or sell goods. The...

EABC outlines new business priorities for regional trade growth

The Board of the East African Business Council (EABC) held its 84th Meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and outlined priorities set to boost intra-EAC trade and investments. In her speech to the 84th EABC Board Meeting, the Chairperson Ms. Angelina Ngalula lauded the EABC Secretariat for championing the adoption of 35% as the 4th band of...

One dead as police battles smugglers

At least one person was shot dead this Monday December 14th, 2020 by the police while attempting to flee with a boat loaded with 52 million worth of loincloth (Kitenge). According to the Burundian police four people were arrested and one shot dead while raiding smugglers sneaking in more than 1800 loincloths from the...

Burundi Airlines set to hit the skies

Burundi ministry of trade, tourism, and industry launched this Thursday February 5th, 2021  Burundi Airlines a company to monitor the country’s owned fleet after being grounded for more than 10 years. The government is the main shareholder with 92 percent of the shares while SOCABU and SABENA owns 4 percent of the shares each. 

Tanzania-Burundi to sign dry port agreement in November

Burundi and Tanzanian government are set to sign an agreement that will see Burundi utilizing the 10 hector dry port that was allocated by Tanzanian government  in Kwala area in coast region near the Dar es Salaam port. “We visited the place which is near to the port what next is that Burundi will...

Is Burundi government’s move to suspend forex bureaus the right call?

Burundi’s small scale traders were left in dilemma after the Central Bank’s move to stifle the forex bureaus country wide that exchange foreign currency on a much higher rate. PHOTO| FILE As Burundian government stepped up to suspend the operationalization of the forex bureaus in the country, some economic analysts backed the government’s decision arguing that the...

Rare fumigant keeps Kenya’s avocados off Chinese market

The road to exporting avocados to China for Kenyan farmers appears not only to be too long and winded, but also very bumpy. So lengthy is the road that after years of lobbying and six months since Kenya signed a deal with the Asian nation to export the produce, no fruit has left the...
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