Investors from Turkey set to expand their businesses in Burundi

Investors from Turkey set to expand their businesses in Burundi

A delegation composed by businessmen from Ankara, Turkey, was welcomed on 13th March 2019, by Mr. Leonard SENTORE, CEO of Burundi Investment Promotion Authority to exchange on investments opportunities in the country.  The visit is a result of investment promotion initiatives undertaken by the Burundi Embassy in Ankara to attract targeted Turkish investors and encourage them to explore expanding their business in Burundi. Ambassador Joël NKURABAGAYA accompanied the delegation led by Mr. Hakan YÜCELEN of the Ankara based YÜCELEN GROUP, a renown holding specialized in energy, oil and gas, construction, defence industry, textile, liner and harbors logistics, marine transport, etc.  

turk1The delegation from Ankara, Turkey

A brief presentation showed the country economics overview, the areas for investment, reforms undertaken to ease doing business, incentives granted to investors in accordance with the Investments Code provision. As a developing economy, Burundi remains largely untapped economically and therefore offers abundant business opportunities, little or no competition and the lowest labour costs in the region. Agriculture including fisheries and livestock, food processing, mining, energy, manufacturing and processing industry have been identified as priority sector by the Government. Burundi Government has also enacted legal frameworks that enable investments to be sustainable and is committed to ensuring a conducive environment to business development by guaranteeing in particular foreign and domestic investors the protection of their invested capital.

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As appreciation, Mr. YÜCELEN said he was greatly impressed and together with his team they acknowledged the various investment opportunities and natural resources that can attract much needed foreign investments. He was thankful for a unique experience of warm-hearted welcoming way from the people of Burundi. Adding action to declaration, the Turkish investors registered 3 separate companies that will respectively be operating in energy, transport and agriculture sectors. Mr. YÜCELEN was very adamant and determined:” We have a long-time expertise in Turkey, Hungary, the Netherlands, Cyprus, etc. We are very committed, in a very short time the people of Burundi will witness, what we are able to achieve as Investors”.

Prior to visiting Burundi Investment Promotion Authority,  the Turkish businessmen held meetings with other private sector and Government Institutions including the Burundi Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Burundi Revenue, the Aviation Regulating Authority, the Burundi Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies.

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Séminaire de sensibilisation au respect des normes des produits laitiers pour une diversification des exportations

Séminaire de sensibilisation au respect des normes des produits laitiers pour une diversification des exportations

En date du 14 février 2019, s’est tenu à Ngozi dans les enceintes de l’Hôtel Halleluya un séminaire de sensibilisation au respect des normes des produits laitiers, une activité qui s’inscrit dans le cadre des actions menées par l’Agence de Promotion des Investissements (API) pour la diversification des exportations.

GoverMonsieur NDUWIMANA Albert, Gouverneur de la Province NGOZI(au milieu)

Les cérémonies d’ouverture de ce séminaire ont été rehaussées par Monsieur NDUWIMANA Albert, Gouverneur de la Province NGOZI. Dans son allocution, il a manifesté son soutien à cette initiative de l’Agence de Promotion des Investissements, en soulignant que la filière « lait » présente un grand potentiel qui mérite d’être valorisé en vue de l’optimisation des ressources déjà investies dans ce secteur à travers nombreux projets de multiplication de vaches et modernisation de l’élevage.

A son tour, Monsieur Jean Claude CIBOGOYE, Chef du Service Promotion des Exportations à l’API, a remercié tous les participants qui avaient répondu présents au séminaire, sans oublier de remercier Monsieur le Gouverneur pour son soutien. Monsieur CIBOGOYE a saisi cette occasion pour rappeler aux participants que l’action de l’API est centrée à l’intérêt des investisseurs à travers la facilitation des affaires et les appuis multiples dont le renforcement des capacités et l’information sur tout ce qui concerne l’investissement et l’exportation. Enfin il a souligné que ce séminaire s’inscrit dans ce cadre.

MinDr NSANGANIYUMWAMI Déogratias, Directeur de la Santé Animale

Le séminaire avait pour objectif global de renforcer les capacités de tous les acteurs à tous les maillons de la chaîne de valeur « lait » en matière de normes et hygiène régissant la production et la transformation laitière en vue d’évoluer progressivement vers une production laitière répondant aux exigences des marchés régionaux et internationaux pour la diversification des exportations du Burundi.

BBNDr KARIKURUBU Jean Félix Directeur du BBN

 Ainsi, des thématiques relatives au respect des mesures sanitaires dans la production, la collecte et le transport du lait d’une part,   aux normes et  la qualité des produits laitiers d’autre part ont été dispensées aux acteurs de cette chaîne de valeur œuvrant dans les provinces Ngozi, Kirundo, Kayanza, Muyinga et Gitega, soit un total de 35 participants, y compris 3 industriels installés à Bujumbura. Ce séminaire a été organisé et animé en collaboration avec le Bureau Burundais de Normalisation et de Contrôle de la Qualité (BBN) et la Direction de la Santé Animale qui ont accepté de désigner les Conférenciers de ce séminaire à savoir Messieurs Dr KARIKURUBU Jean Félix et Dr NSANGANIYUMWAMI Déogratias respectivement Directeur du BBN et Directeur de la Santé Animale.

natura1Monsieur NSENGIYUMVA Jean Francois, Directeur Commercial de la société Burundi Modern Dairy (Natura)

 

Par la même occasion, Monsieur NSENGIYUMVA Jean Francois, Directeur Commercial de la société Burundi Modern Dairy (Natura) qui évolue dans le secteur de la transformation laitière, a fait une présentation d’échange d’expérience, par rapport à la mise en œuvre et au respect de la législation et à la réglementation en la matière. Les participants ont apprécié le pas franchi par cette société et ont remercié Monsieur NSENGIYUMVA pour le partage d’expérience pertinente sur des aspects pratiques liés à la certification et à l’exportation.

En conclusion, les participants ont demandé le renforcement des cadres de formation et d’information, sans oublier des encadrements spécifiques à différentes étapes de la chaîne de valeur pour améliorer davantage la conformité aux normes et règlements techniques.

Les participants ont aussi souligné l’importance de la vulgarisation des textes de lois qui régissent la production et la transformation laitière auprès des acteurs en aval et en amont et leur traduction en Kirundi pour plus d’efficacité.Les organisateurs de ce séminaire ont rassuré avoir pris bonne note des recommandations et qu’un suivi particulier devrait en être réservé.

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Investment opportunities and Export diversification

Investment opportunities and Export diversification

On the 13th and 14th December 2018 the Burundi Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) was honoured to welcome Mr. Tadesse Dadi SEGNI, UNIDO Regional Advisor under the UNIDO- ITPO (Investment and Technology Promotion Organisation). Based in Tokyo, the ITPO started the "African Advisory Programme" in the region with an objective to support the business activities of Japanese companies and enhance the flow of investment, trade and technology from Japan to target countries of Africa through three African Advisors based in Ethiopia, Algeria and Mozambique.

The aim of the visit was to identify the investment and trade potentials in Burundi, and design the way forward in attracting potential investors.

Recalling that Burundi is among the beneficiaries of the UNIDO regional program whose headquarters is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mr. SEGNI and the IPA-Burundi Management agreed on the need to proactively interact with UNIDO so that Burundi can take advantage of the ongoing investment and trade regional program.

Some of the urgent activities to undertake in the near future include the participation in the Delegate Programs, where Burundi will get opportunities to avail its most prominent investment opportunities. Likewise, Delegate Programs would grant participants opportunities for match-making with potential investors.

Mr. SEGNI has underscored the state of peace and stability in Burundi and was confident that the remarkable efforts in peace promotion will attract many of the partners in the ITPO program.

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From left to right: Mr Léonard SENTORE, Burundi Investment Promotion Authority's CEO; Mr Jean Claude CIBOGOYE, Head of Division, Export Promotion at API; Mr Esaie NTIDENDEREZA, Head of Division, Investment Promotion at API and Mr. Tadesse Dadi SEGNI, UNIDO Regional Advisor.

For the purpose of fact finding, Mr. SEGNI, under the protocol of Mr. Esaie NTIDENDEREZA and Mr. Jean Claude CIBOGOYE, both IPA officials has visited AFRITAN, one of the leading leather industries in Burundi, and CHRISTA FARM, a project pioneering flower farming and export in Burundi.

The two day-visit were interesting as they allowed the visitors to witness the real potentials in the afore mentioned sub sectors.

AFRITAN’s transforming efforts were pretty much appreciated for all the job achieved to add value to Burundi skins up to the wet blue stage.

However, Mr. Bède BEDETSE, AFRITAN General Manager feels that he needs support and partnership to increase the value addition. Considering that the average price for a dozen wet blue skin is less than 40$, while a small hand-bag manufactured in leather can cost up to 1,000 $, it is obvious that there is need to improve technology and know-how in order to maximise the value of the leather industry by farther processing until the stage of finished leather products.

AFRITAN has installed lines for shoe-making, but the unit is still to be promoted to the national, regional and international market.

It is in that regard that the ITPO program would be relevant and useful for AFRITAN. In fact, the potential in leather is sufficient enough to attract partners and technology transfer to upgrade the efforts on the grounds.

Unido2The visit of the delegation to the AFRITAN leather tannery

As for the flower industry, Mr. SEGNI was impressed to find out that the only flower farming project in Burundi was initiated and run by a woman. She grows a variety of flowers including “Heliconia Tropic”, “Heliconia Stricta”, “Alpinia”, “Tuberose” and is also doing trials of “Gypsophyla” and “Limonium”.

Ms. Christine NGARUKO, project promotor is currently exporting at auction her flowers to Russia and The Netherlands.

Selling at auction is still a challenging adventure because the flowers are being sold at lower prices, the promotor is praying for a state where she will be able to make direct export to clients, an option that is prone to higher prices that could relatively yield quick return on investment.

It should be noted that this ambition can only be fulfilled if her product is certified under technical standards that CHRISTA FARM has yet to meet. In that regards, ITPO program could help in capacity building with regards to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) so that flowers can be certified, competitive and finally sold under international norms.

As for the potential in flower sub-sector, Ms. Christine has indicated that Burundi ecosystem is exceptionally conducive for flower farming. She is confident with the quality of her flowers and its competitive capacity.

UnidoThe visit to Christa Farm flowers farming. From left to the right : Mr. JC CIBOGOYE, Mr. Tadesse Dadi SEGNI, Ms. Christine NGARUKO and Mr. Esaie NTIDENDEREZA

Mr. SEGNI has rounded up his visit in Burundi by meeting relevant key players from the public and private sectors including Mr. Jean Bosco NZORIRONKANKUZE, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Public Health; Mr. Serge BIRIZANYE, Director of Industrial Development branch within the Ministry of Trade; Mr. Audace NDAYIZEYE, Chairperson at the Burundi Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Fidèle MAFASHO, Country representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He made a brief introduction about the UNIDO ITPO program and called upon representatives to actively play their role to make sure that Burundi is effectively part of the Burundi-Japan trade and investment program.