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Working together with local stakeholders and development partners, the EIF has supported Burundi in implementing trade mainstreaming policies to strengthen the country’s participation in global and regional markets. Burundi has integrated trade into the sector strategies for tourism, finance, agriculture, private sector development, regional integration and infrastructure. Nationally, more than 1,000 sanitary and phytosanitary standards have been harmonized through the implementation of an EIF project, helping to bring Burundian agricultural exports to international market standards; the World Bank is scaling up this project with support of US$70 million.

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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. This project also supports public-private sector coordination on trade issues while the EIF National Steering Committee facilitates the inter-ministerial coordination on trade.


  • A Medium‑term Programme for Aid for Trade outlined the Government’s priorities. Some areas have received financing, including a study to identify niche exports, the enhancement of certain tourist sites and the implementation of a single window for external trade.
  • A capacity building plan for the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Posts and Tourism as developed in August 2015.
  • Contributed to the construction of a commercial building for a beekeeper association and provided 110 improved hives.
  • Supported the International Cooperation Ethics Advisory Agency ACECI women’s group to organize an expo to display their products made from catnip plants, which is highly repellent against mosquitos. Since the expo, the women’s association has been frequently invited to commercial expositions and its monthly revenues have doubled.
  • Supported artisans from the iron, vegetable ivory and agri-food value chains to participate in the “Handcraft Ward of Excellence Program” in Kigali, Rwanda.
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This project aims to improve the national quality system for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) requirements by providing world-class conformity assessment services (inspection, standardization and testing). It also aims to improve quality and export competitiveness of targeted value chains (fruit and vegetables, coffee) through compliance with international SPS standards.


  • 60 participants in a sensitization workshop on SPS legislation in Burundi organized by the Plant Protection Office (Direction de la Protection des Végétaux (DPV)) in Bujumbura in March 2015.
  • 42 participants in a sensitization workshop on SPS legislation in Burundi organized by the DPV in Ngozi in July 2015.
  • Laboratories have received new internationally recognized equipment to analyze products destined for export.
  • 80 people from coffee cooperatives were trained on coffee certification.
  • 8 national experts were recruited to assist factories seeking Fair Trade and Organic certifications.
  • 3 coffee consortiums in INTERCAFE participated in the specialty coffee fair in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2015.
  • Supported the “Burundi Women in Horticulture” consortium in finalizing their business plan.
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In order to support exports, Burundi undertook feasibility studies to examine: 1) the construction of a cold storage facility at the Bujumbura airport; 2) supporting tourism sector development through the identification and delimitation of the tourist sites; and 3) a revision of legislation concerning Burundi’s Export Processing Zone (EPZ) programme.


  • The final report of the construction of a cold storage facility at the Bujumbura airport was adopted by the EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU) in March 2015.
  • The report on the identification of tourist sites carried out by the UN World Tourism Organization was analyzed by the NIU in June and subsequently revised and adopted.
  • The report on communication support to promote tourism to Burundi is being finalized under the supervision of the Burundi National Tourism Office.
  • The bill on the protection of Burundian tourism sites was updated based on the recommendations of the NIU.
  • The review of legislation concerning Burundi’s EPZ was awarded to the Quédraogo-Nihangaza consortium in January 2015. The final report was presented to the NIU in April 2015.

Sébastien Nzimana
Director-General of Commerce and EIF Focal Point Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Bujumbura, Burundi

Léonard Ntibagirirwa
Coordonnateur de l'UNMO du CIR Ministère du Commerce, de l'Industrie et du Tourisme Bujumbura

François-Xavier Nsabimana
Expert Suivi Evaluation du CIR UNMO CIR Ministère du Commerce, de l'Industrie et du Tourisme Bujumbura

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