The Burundi Government has said it is seeking developmental support from Nigeria in agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for economic growth and development.
Specifically, the Ambassador of Burundi to Nigeria, Mrs Marie Jeanne Ntakirutimana who stated this during a press briefing to mark Burundi’s 60th independence anniversary in Abuja, said the development would further strengthen ties between the two countries.
Ntakirutimana pointed out that Nigeria is doing great in ICT and agriculture as it relates to economic diversification in Africa, adding that the country is looking up to Nigeria for support in these areas.
According to her, Burundi is currently focusing on agro-pastoral activities with the slogan “may every mouth has food and may every pocket has money”, saying its Government has put in place a10-year National Development Plan (PND) 2018-2027 which aims for nothing other than the well-being of all Burundians, their prosperity and better future.
She said, “Burundi also focused on environmental protection under the theme: Ewe Burundi Urambaye! (Green Burundi). In the diplomatic aspect, Burundi has opened cooperation in almost all the countries of the world. It is in this context that Burundi and Nigeria have always had good relations, but it was not until 2006 that this Embassy was established here in Abuja.
“From 2006 until today, I can assure you all that much has been accomplished throughout these sixteen (16) years to strengthen these existing relationships. Various agreements have been signed; some have been modified and new ones have also been added to the list. Nigeria opened its Embassy in Burundi in 2007. Burundi and Nigeria have extensive cooperation, especially in the education and security sectors,” Ntakirutimana added.