Message from COMESA chair congratulating Burundi

Burundi’s president elect Evariste Ndayishimiye expected to take oath anytime.PHOTO|FILE.

On behalf of the Chairperson of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Authority, His Excellency, President Andry Rajoelina, President of the Republic of Madagascar, and COMESA Secretariat and indeed on my own behalf, I have the honour to congratulate you, Sir, upon being elected President of the Republic of Burundi.

COMESA has been following the General elections of 20th May 2020 keenly and I wish to take this opportunity to commend the efforts made by the Government of Burundi to hold the elections within the constitutional time frame. This is despite the challenges you faced as presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. I also wish to congratulate the Government of Burundi for funding the elections from its own resources, which is a best practice for our region.

We are aware that the just concluded election marks a very important phase in the history of Burundi in reaffirming the consolidation of democracy since the signing of the Arusha Accord in 2005.

Burundi remains an important and active member of COMESA and has continued to support the regional integration programmes.  We look forward to enhanced collaboration and partnership with Burundi as we continue to implement various programmes aimed at deepening the integration of our region. We also look forward to benefiting from your guidance as a member of the COMESA Authority.

Your Excellency, as you take office, I wish to reaffirm our solidarity and continued support to the Government and the People of the Republic of Burundi.

Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and esteem.