Burundi to boost ties with Zambia

Nzomukunda noted that although the two countries enjoyed a cordial political relationship, there is need to improve multilateral and bilateral trade for the two countries to benefit from each other’s natural resource potential.

She said Zambia’s improved economy particularly in agriculture and mining was a show case in Africa, which Burundi would want to emulate to develop her economy and compete in the export market.

Speaking when she graced the 80th agricultural and commercial show held in Lusaka from August 3-8 the Burundi second vice president noted that the two countries have potential to contribute to Africa’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP) if their economic potential was harmonised and maximised.

“We both have potential to develop our economies but Zambia is at an advanced stage economically and democratically and we want to share this experience,” she said.

She reiterated her country’s desire to promote politics of reconciliation following the wrangles within the Great Lakes Region which have stifled direct foreign investment among the countries within the proximity including Burundi.

Nzomukunda regretted that despite the end of hostility in the Eastern African country, human rights abuse was still rife in some parts of the country.

“Burundi wants to promote politics of reconciliation after years of conflict in our country and within the Great Lakes Region particularly human rights, which have remained far-fetched,” she said.

Burundi has declared free education and medical facilities for children less than five years and free maternity services for women seeking services from government health institutions as part of the reconciliation and economic growth process, she said.

Organizers of the just ended Agricultural and Commercial Show held in Lusaka have described it a success.

Agricultural and Commercial Show Society of Zambia president Bill Saunders said the show was a success because it attracted 140 000 show goers compared to last year’s 110 000.

The show recorded more than 20 percent increase in local and foreign exhibitors with Zimbabwe bringing the largest number of exhibitors with most of them participating for the first time.

He said the show had generated a lot of interest from the commercial sector including new entrants, Sun International Hotels of Livingstone.

Various multinational firms and several local parastatal firms like Zambia National Commercial Bank and the electricity utility company, Zambia Electricity Supply Company exhibited.

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