South African economic operators plan to invest in Burundi’s political capital, Gitega.

South African economic operators are looking to invest in different sectors in the province a Gitega as promised by the South Africa Embassy’s chief in charge of affairs.

February 13, 2019 in Gitega (central Burundi), the country’s political capital, a delegation of the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) led by the chief in charge of affairs, Mr. Mnisi Zakhele, visited and met the governor of Gitega to inquire the areas that may be the subject of cooperation between Gitega province and the RSA.

Different sectors had been targeted

During his meeting with the provincial governor, Mr. Venant Manirambona, Mr. Zekhele promised to sensitize South African economic operators to invest in the sectors of agro-food processing, agro-livestock farming, construction of infrastructure roads and hotels, and energy.

Motivating the need to invest inside the country, Mr. Zekhele explained that in the margins of Bujumbura, the economic capital of the country, provinces like Gitega and Ngozi deserve substantial support in view of their development progress, while nuancing that the other provinces will also be approached.

The security of investors must be guaranteed

Reacting to the promises of the South African embassy’s in charge of affairs, the governor of Gitega hailed his initiatives and promised him to guarantee the security of the investors who will settle in his Gitega province.

“Investors would see their activities successful”, Mr. Venant Manirambona reassured explaining that Gitega province offers a lot of assets on the economic level.

He cited, among other things, his geographical position of being in the center of the country allowing him easy access to other provinces, the connection to them with paved roads, a large population, laborious and determined to development; fertile soil and significant energy potential thanks to its important hydrographic network.

In order to collect the challenges that can be solved through South African cooperation and Burundi, Mr. Zakhele met the heads of Gitega’s private academic institutions, the development advisor, the communal administrator, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and those of the Agakura agro-food processing center.

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