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Egypt and Burundi

Sunday، 16 December 2012 12:00 AM

Egypt is the first Arab and Islamic country to establish diplomatic relations with Burundi after independence in 1962, while the embassy was established on December 8, 1964.

Burundi appreciates Egypt's historical role in Africa, and always praises Egypt's continuous support during the Burundian civil war, which lasted more than a dozen of years; yet there is always emphasis on strengthening cooperation and maximizing benefit from Egyptian expertise in various fields.

Political Relations

The Former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya paid a visit to Cairo in 2000 to participate in the African-European Summit and the current President Pierre Nikronziza visited Cairo in March 2009 heading a high-level delegation.

 

 Mutual Visits

On 7-12/11/2010: Visit of the Second Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi to Egypt.

In August 2010: Visit of Burundian youth delegation to Egypt to participate in the festival of "Hope Ship".

In August 2010: Visit of a delegation from the Egyptian Ministry of Interior to Burundi.

In August 2010: Visit of a delegation from the Egyptian Ministry of Health to Burundi.

In July 2010: Visit of a delegation from the Egyptian Investment Authority accompanied by a delegation of Burundian businessmen.

In July 2010: Visit of Head of Burundi's Labor Syndicate Union to Egypt.

On 22-24/6/2010: Visit of the Egyptian Minister of Finance to Burundi

On 8/6/2010: Visit of the Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation to Burundi.

On 31/5-2/6/2010: Visit of the Burundian Minister of Energy and Mining to Egypt to participate in the Third Conference of the Forum of African Energy Ministers held in Cairo.

On 12/1/2010-13/4/2010: Visit of the Burundian Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism to Egypt to participate in the COMESA Investment Conference held in Sharm El-Sheikh.

On 6/4/2010: Visit of the Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation to Bujumbura.

On 24-30/3/2010: Visit of the Burundian Minister of Public Security to Cairo.

 

On 15-23/2/2010: Visit of the Burundian Minister of Information heading the Burundian media delegation to Cairo.

On 14/16/2/2010: Visit of the Burundian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock to Cairo during which Memoranda of Understanding on Cooperation between Egypt and Burundi in the field of agriculture was signed by both Ministers of Agriculture.

On 15/16/2/2010: Visit of the Burundian Minister of Defense and Veterans to Cairo.

On 14-16/1/2010: Visit of an Egyptian delegation, comprising representatives from the ministries of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Irrigation, Water Resources, Tourism, Electricity and Energy to Burundi.

 

Economic Relations

The major trade opportunities are for food stuffs and building materials, particularly iron, cement and ceramic (in light of the current reconstruction in Burundi), in addition to medicines, fertilizers, plastic products, electrical appliances, and furniture.

The trade volume nearly amounts to million dollars annually.

Contractual Framework

First: Signed Agreements:

• Agreement on Cultural and Technical Cooperation (1973)

• Agreement on Air Transport (1973)

• Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation (1986)

• Protocol for Cooperation in the field of Industrialization (1988)

• Protocol for Cooperation in the field of Television (1991)

• Agreement on Trade (1992)

• Agreement on Technical Cooperation between the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa and the Government of Burundi (2005)

• Agreement between Al-Azhar Sheikhdom and the Burundian Peace and Reconciliation University (2008)

Second: Agreements signed in the Joint Commission Fifth Session (April 2007):

• Executive Program for Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation for the years 2007-2009.

• Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Social Activity

• Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the National Burundian Radio and Television.

• Memorandum of Understanding between the Egyptian National Library and the Burundian Library and National Archives.

• Protocol for the establishment of the joint Burundian Egyptian Medical Centre.

Third: Agreements signed in the Joint Committee Sixth Session (March 2009):

• Agreement on Cooperation in the field of Civil Protection.

• Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Banking between the Central Bank of Egypt and the Central Bank of Burundi.

Fourth: Agreements signed during the year 2010:

• Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, and Fishing between the two countries signed on the margins of the visit of the Burundian Minister of

• Agriculture and Livestock to Cairo in February 2010.

• Memorandum of Understanding between the Egyptian General Authority for Free Zones and Investment (GAVI) and the Burundian Board of Investment in Bujumbura, Burundi on July 6th, 2010.

 

 





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