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 CEO.
According to the EABC, the International Monetary Fund has projected Burundi’s Real Gross Domestic Product to increase by 3.3% in 2022 from 3.1% in 2021, the country’s imports from EAC bloc in 2021 stood at USD. 199.8 million while exports at stood at $15 million.
Comments were during a meeting of the East African Business Council (EABC) Chief Executive Officer with the Deputy Commissioner General of Burundi Revenue Authority (OBR), Mr. Kabura Leopold commended the Government of Burundi for automating customs procedures in a bid to facilitate cross border trade.
“The Government of Burundi is revamping the port of Bujumbura, Rumonge and Kabanga and there are plans to set up One Stop Border Post at Mugina and Ruhwa,” said Kabura Leopold the Deputy Commissioner General of OBR.
EABC vice Chairman Antoine Muzaneza called for closer partnerships between Burundi Revenue Authority and Business Associations in the co-formulation of policies and sensitization on tax and trade issues in order to drive economic growth.