Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2003
DTIS update 2012
WTO accession 1995

EIF is supporting Burundi to implement trade mainstreaming policies to strengthen the country’s participation in global and regional markets. Burundi has integrated trade into 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 via one EIF project, helping to bring Burundian agricultural exports to international market standards, and the World Bank is scaling up this work with support of US$70 million.

MOU 25/05/10
Budget 1'500'000
End date 28/02/17

EIF worked to strengthen national capacities to build and implement trade policy, establish institutional coordination structures on trade matters and mainstream trade into national development plans. This work supported public-private sector coordination on trade issues while the EIF National Steering Committee facilitated 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.
  • 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. Since then, the association's monthly revenues have doubled.
MOU 20/07/12
Budget 2'610'372
End date 30/06/17

EIF worked to improve the national quality system for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) requirements by providing conformity assessment services (inspection, standardization and testing) to improve the export competitiveness of targeted value chains (fruit, vegetables and coffee) through compliance with international standards.


  • Laboratories received new internationally recognized equipment to analyze products destined for export.
  • 80 coffee cooperative employees were trained in coffee certification.
  • 8 national experts were recruited to assist factories seeking "Fair Trade" and "Organic" certifications.
MOU 23/01/13
Budget 606'274
End date 30/06/17

To support its 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 tourist sites; and 3) a revision of legislation concerning Burundi’s Export Processing Zone (EPZ) programme.


  • The bill on the protection of Burundian tourism sites was updated based on the recommendations of EIF's National Implementation Unit.
  • 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.
  • Burundi Projet de Catégorie II approuvé / Approved Window II project (2005)

  • Burundi Projet de Catégorie II approuvé / Approved Window II project (2005)

  • Burundi Projet de Catégorie II approuvé / Approved Window II project (2005)

  • Burundi Matrice d'Action / Action Matrix (2004)

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  • Burundi: EDIC / DTIS (2003)

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  • Burundi Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (2006)

  • Burundi Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (2012)

  • Burundi DTIS Update Volume 1 - Main Report (2012)

  • Burundi DTIS Update Volume 2 - Annexes (2012)

  • Trading Stories (2013)

  • Trading Stories: Burundi (2013)

  • Burundi Annual Progress Report (2013)


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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Irina Inantore
Minister of Commerce, Industry, Post and Tourism Burundi

Christian Nkengurutse
General Secretary Federal chamber of commerce & Industry of Burundi

Pierre Claver Ndayiragije
Ambassador, Permanent Representative Republic of Burundi in Switzerland

Jérémie Banigwaninzigo
Director General of Trade - Ministry of Trade, Industry, Posts and Tourism - Republic of Burundi

Léopold Bizindavyi
Expert Economiste - Ministère du Commerce, de l'Industrie, des Postes et du Tourisme - République du Burundi