Kenya Trade, Investment and Cultural Expo: Kenyans want Burundi to trade in Kenya
From 15th to 23rd September 2017, the embassy of Kenya has organized a six-day Kenya Trade, Investment and Cultural Expo at the “Tempete” grounds in Bujumbura Municipality.
The Ambassador of Kenya to Burundi Ken VITISIA, during the expo’s official opening ceremonies on 19th September said the aim of a such exhibition was to enhance the EAC integration in general, and the Kenya-Burundi cooperation in particular. They want to trade with Burundians. He urged Kenyan investors to find out what Burundi can sell to Kenya. He also said that they wanted Kenyans and Burundians to know one another culturally. The Kenya’s envoy to Burundi said that this fourth Kenya trade, investment and cultural expo was a partnership between the two countries and aimed the socio- economic empowerment of both countries.
The Ambassador of Kenya to Burundi , Mr. Ken VITISIA
“Burundi does not need handouts, it needs assistance. We are here to make sure Burundi gets the forex it needs. Burundi has everything, tomorrow we have a forum wherein Kenyan and Burundi investors together will fast-track the available opportunities that would enable Burundi to trade to Kenya and get enough money”, he said, adding that Burundi has a great market in East Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ambassador Ken VITISIA said he hoped that with a support of the government of Burundi the objectives of the expo will be achieved. “Burundi joined East African Community in 2007. Burundi and Kenya work together in the same direction”, he said, adding “we want Burundi to trade more. Do not worry about the sanctions imposed onto your country. Under Moi’s rule Kenya got sanctions and those sanctions helped us to improve the economy. You have to produce so you have enough to eat and enough to export”.
Meanwhile, the first Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi His Excellency Gaston SINDIMWO who was the guest of honor to officially launch a such Kenya Trade, Investment and Cultural Exhibition expressed the government of Burundi’s sincere gratitude to the Kenyan government, which through the embassy has organized a such Trade, Investment and Cultural Expo. “That proves that Burundi is a peaceful country.”
The first Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi His Excellency Gaston SINDIMWO
According to the first Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi, Kenya has undoubtedly opened the doors to others who are still thinking the country was not peaceful. He said that Kenya and Burundi are friends. His Excellency Gaston SINDIMWO urged other ambassadors, namely the Ambassadors of Nigeria and South Africa to emulate the Kenyan Ambassador to Burundi in as far as organizing trade and investment exhibition is concerned since Africa is one nation. He revealed that the next year’s expo of the same kind will be organized by Burundi and will take place in Kenya.
The first Vice President of the Republic of Burundi urged Burundians to work hard so that they produce a lot of crops. He said that “Burundi has a very fertile land, if we cultivate and harvest a lot crops we will get sufficient foods and we will even export some produces to those who imposed sanctions on our country.”
While visiting different stands, the first Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi, accompanied by the Minister for Trade, Industry and Tourism Ms. Pelate NIYONKURU and the Minister in the Office of the President of the Republic in charge of EAC Ms. Isabelle NDAHAYO got the occasion to ask some questions related to investment opportunities in Burundi.
The first Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi His Excellency Gaston SINDIMWO during the visit of different booths
Jean Claude CIBOGOYE the acting Chief Executive Officer of the Burundi Investment Promotion Authority API welcomed His Excellency Gaston SINDIMWO at the exhibition stand of API and gave him details on the current situation of investments and the opportunities in Burundi.
While at the Tourism National Office exhibition stand, the first Vice President of the Republic of Burundi got informed that nowadays the number of tourism entering Burundi is increasing significantly. Jérémie HAKIZIMANA, the head of the research and statistics division at the Tourism National Office said that in 2015 a total of 131491 tourists entered Burundi via 13 border’s checkpoints and that in 2016, a total of 187,076 entered Burundi.
The first Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi His Excellency Gaston SINDIMWO visiting Burundi Investment Promotion Authority's booth