WTO accession
23 July 1995
Population
8,575,172
Per capita growth rate (%)
3.9
WB Ease of Doing Business rank
181
Value of non-oil goods traded (in US$ million)
100
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

Burundi joined the Integrated Framework (IF) in 2002, undertook a Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) that was validated in 2003 and subsequently benefitted from support through an IF project addressing constraints in standards compliance and support to the value chain for the production and export of essential oils, cut flowers and dried fruits and vegetables.

 

Under the EIF, Burundi undertook a DTIS Update which was validated in 2012. Also in 2012, an EIF Tier 2 project was approved and is now under implementation through UNIDO. The project advances Burundi's vision to ensure that agricultural goods (fruits, vegetables and coffee) produced and sold in Burundi and in regional and international export markets meet international market standards. Trade capacity building in Burundi mainly focuses on agricultural products because its economy largely depends on the agricultural sector which employs 90% of the population and also accounts for around 43% of GDP.

Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)

Burundi has been implementing a multi-year Tier 1 support to National Implementation Arrangements (NIAs) project since July 2010. The main objective of the project is strengthening national capacities to build up and implement trade policy, establish the institutional coordination structures on trade matters and mainstream trade into the national development plans, the national budget and into donor dialogue. The Tier 1 project also supports public-private sector coordination on trade issues while the National Steering Committee (NSC) facilitates the inter-ministerial coordination on trade.

The Standards Tier 2 project improves capacities for SPS measures in priority sectors and trade development was approved by the EIF Board in July 2012. The project will improve the national quality system for SPS requirements by providing world class conformity assessment services (inspection, standardization and testing). It will also improve quality and export competitiveness of targeted value chains (fruit and vegetables, coffee) through compliance with international SPS standards.

Burundi is also using EIF resources to undertake a feasibility study for the construction of a cold storage facility at the Bujumbura airport. And other studies, supporting tourism sector development which include identification and delimitation of the tourist sites in Burundi and revision of legislation concerning for Burundi's Export Processing Zone (EPZ) programme.

Burundi has also submitted a proposal for EIF funding for a matching grant programme supporting private sector exporters, mainly to the regional market.

Main progresses to date

Burundi's DTIS Update (DTISU) was validated in July 2012. The trade priorities identified in the Tier 1 project were integrated into the new National Development Strategy (NDS) finalized in August 2012. Burundi's new NDS was also presented to Development Partners (DPs) in 2012. Also, three feasibility studies (Export support mechanisms) were approved by the EIF Board in December 2012.

The Government has developed a coordinated platform with donors and the private sector on trade, with the NIU taking part in monthly meetings of the Government-Donor Sector Working Group on Private Sector Development. Higher-level consultations are held biannually through the Partners Coordination Group meetings. Through the Government-Donor networks, a Donor Round Table Event was organized in Geneva to facilitate wider buy-in from DPs following the validation of Burundi's DTISU.

Burundi's Tier 2 project on improving capacities for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures in priority sectors such as coffee and maracuja serves to build institutional capacity to strengthen compliance with SPS standards and to build the capacity of the private sector (100 pilot medium and small enterprises) to increase exports as well as revenue and salaries.

Outlook

Burundi has started the process of drafting a Medium-term Programme (MTP) to facilitate the implementation of the DTIS Action Matrix and to mobilize resources for that purpose.

Burundi is also working on Tier 2 project proposals for a private sector capacity building programme and on tourism.

Outcome 1: Sufficient Institutional and management capacity built in EIF countries to formulate and implement Trade related strategies & implementation plans
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O1.1 Tier 1 ' Support to NIAs' project completed or under implementationNoYes
O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action MatricesYesYes
O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 projectN/A2
O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategiesNoYes
O1.5 Country with quality trade strategyN/A1
O1.6 Country with quality trade strategy implementedN/A3
Outcome 2: EIF countries mainstream trade into their national development strategies and plans
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O2.1 Trade in PRSP and/or National development strategiesN/A1
O2.2 Existence of productive sector strategies integrating the trade dimensionYesYes
O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanism41
Outcome 3: Coordinated delivery of trade related resources (funding, TA etc.) by donors & implementing agencies to implement country priorities following adoption of DTIS Action Matrix
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O3.1 Availability of an annual rolling implementation overview integrating all trade-related government & donor-supported activities (including gender & environment)NoYes
O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related mattersN/A1
O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF CountriesNoNo
O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)NoYes
Outcome 4: EIF Countries secure resources in support of initiatives that address DTIS Action Matrix priorities
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O4.1 Country with implementation plan integrating DTIS/Action Matrix priorities and indicating financing needs to be met through ODAN/A2
O4.2 Country where a Government budget exists for implementation of its trade strategyNoNo
O4.4 Number of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action MatrixN/A7
O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)020

The private and public sector have teamed up with development partners to agree on key priorities in the nation-wide Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) Update consultations and to update the sectors where trade could make the most impact in promoting growth and greater prosperity. Now with the new trade study, the EIF together with partners, is backing fresh areas like the standards project underway and feasibility studies including tourism that will look into the country's range of unexplored tourism sites to enable community development, skills enhancement and further investment.

The National Bureau of Standards has so far harmonized 1,000 standards at the national level. Coordination and partnership networks have been set up with the private sector, research institutions, laboratories, National Standards Bureau and traders to help meet global standards on plant and animal health. This has also resulted in having better information and targeted company training in inspection and testing.

Exports of passion fruit have significantly increased over the past 2 years to an average of 800 tons per year, and with the EIF Tier 2 standards project on-board, farmers and traders are looking at increasing production to reach 2000 tons per year.

DTIS Update

Starting date / End date
30/05/2011
Approved Budget
198,058
Board Approval Date
12/02/2010
Disbursement
198,058
Expenditure Reported
198,058
MOU Approval Date
19/05/2011
MOU Expiry Date
30/06/2013
Phase
Completed

NIA Support (T1 Phase 1 and 2)

Starting date / End date
14/07/2010
Approved Budget
1,500,000
Board Approval Date
12/02/2010
Disbursement
1,425,000
Expenditure Reported
1,379,610
MOU Approval Date
25/05/2010
MOU Expiry Date
28/02/2017
Phase
Implementation

Renforcement des capacités commerciales du Burundi

Starting date / End date
20/07/2012
Approved Budget
2,610,372
Board Approval Date
04/07/2012
Disbursement
2,610,372
Expenditure Reported
2,299,899
MOU Approval Date
20/07/2012
MOU Expiry Date
30/06/2017
Phase
Implementation

Appui au MCIPT pour la mise en place des mécanismes de soutien aux exportations

Starting date / End date
14/02/2013
Approved Budget
606,274
Board Approval Date
20/12/2012
Disbursement
606,274
Expenditure Reported
597,354
MOU Approval Date
23/01/2013
MOU Expiry Date
31/12/2015
Phase
Completed
Posted: 11/02/2014

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Year 2013

Focal Point

Mr. Sébastien NZIMANA
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-, Burundi
Tel: -

NIU Coordinator

M. Leonard NTIBAGIRIRWA
NIU, Coordonnateur National du CIR
Ministère du Commerce, de l'Industrie, des Postes et du Tourisme
B.P. 492
Bujumbura, Burundi
Tel: +257 22-22-63-17

WB Contact

Mr. Mamadou NDIONE
Senior Country Economist
The World Bank
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-, Burundi
Tel: +1 202 458 2464
Ms. Nora DIHEL
Senior Trade Economist (only for DTIS)
The World Bank
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-, Burundi
Tel: +1 202 458 9437

UNDP Contact

M. Arthur RUSHEMEZA
Economiste national
UNDP
Chaussée du Peuple Murundi 4470 BP 1490
Bujumbura, Burundi
Tel: +257 22 30 11 55/+257 22 20 05 11

Other

Mme. Marie Rose NIZIGIYIMANA
Ministre
Ministère du Commerce, de l'Industrie, des Postes et du Tourisme
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Bujumbura, Burundi
Tel: + 257 22 22 63 17, + 257 22 22 50 19
Mr. Vital NTEZIRYAYO
-, Secrétaire Permanent
Ministère du Commerce, de l'Industrie, des Postes et du Tourisme
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Bujumbura, Burundi
Tel: + 257 22 25 06 86
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