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MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 09 AND THURSDAY 10 AUGUST 2017

A Cabinet Meeting was held on Wednesday 09 and Thursday 10 August 2017 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi. The following items were analyzed :

1. Draft Decree on the Declaration of Public Utility for the Construction of an Aerodrome in Kabamba, in the Commune of Gashikanwa, presented by the Minister of Water, Environment, and Urban Planning.

The importance of setting up aeronautical runways in the interior of the country is innovative and significant in the interest of the needs of the population and future users, and in terms of security, secondary airports are a useful alternative should any difficulties occur to the only international airport in Bujumbura.

The Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Equipment has already identified a 64-hectare site where an airfield will be located in Kabamba, Gashikanwa Commune in Ngozi Province. In addition to the runway, the space required will be used for the development of airport-related infrastructure, including : a safety area for each end of the runway, an apron for at least two passenger terminal, assistance and facilitation services etc.
The draft was adopted.

2. Bill on the ratification by the Republic of Burundi of the Loan Agreement No. 12744P by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and Loan No. BADEA / May 24, 2017 between the Republic of Burundi and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) for the Project for the asphalting of National Road No.16, Bururi-Mahwa-Gitega "phase1 : Bururi-Gakuba" signed on 15 and 24 May 2017, presented by the Minister of Transport, Public Works and Equipment.

The asphalting project of the Bururi-Gitega road, covering almost 72 km, is part of the National Strategy for the Development of the Transport Sector and aims at strengthening the national road network to link up all regions of the country. It is within this framework that the Government of Burundi negotiated and secured financing for this project from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the OPEC Fund for Development (OFID), and this draft ratification concerns an amount of US $ 48.60 million which will finance the Bururi-Gakuba stretch with a length of 35 km within 36 months
The Bill was adopted.

3. Draft Law on the Reorganization of Physical and Sports Activities in Burundi, presented by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

In a comprehensive process of development in Burundi, sporting and physical activities occupy a prominent place by their educational, cultural, economic, political and social functions.

As the law governing sports activities in force is the law of 30 November 2009, it is necessary to adapt it to the evolution of the field of sport at national level with the involvement of local authorities’ territorial partners, economic and social partners, and the regional and international dimension.

The proposed text also takes account of the need to regulate professional sport, military sport, physical and sports activities in the world of work, in schools and universities, not to mention those with disabilities and others.

The Council appreciated the initiative of the draft text but felt that it should first be reviewed in greater depth, particularly with regard to the feasibility aspects of certain technical aspects and the financial impact.
A team has been set up to reflect on the text that will be brought back within one month for adoption.

4. Draft Decree on the Creation, Missions, Organization and Functioning of the House of Culture in Burundi, presented by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

The creation of a House of Culture is justified by the fact that Burundi’s identity has deteriorated due to the repetitive crises that the country has experienced. Moreover, the contact of the Burundians with the foreign civilizations has had the effect of acculturation and the depravity of the mores which is gaining ground especially among the youth.

It is in this spirit that the Government has reflected and opted for the establishment of the House of Culture whose main mission will be to serve as a framework for the cultural development of the population, especially young people who will be trained to reconnect with the love of the country through cultural education without forgetting the revalorization of the national language Kirundi in all its diversity through the services of the "Rundi Academy".

The text was adopted with amendments and a team was established to assist in the design of modalities and follow-up of the recommendations made for the implementation of the project.

5. Draft Decree regulating the exploitation of the Drum at the national and international levels, presented by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

The Burundian Drum is one of the pillars of the cultural identity of the Barundi, and it is already inscribed on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is therefore a valuable heritage to be protected. The present draft therefore aims to better organize drum performances with the aim of better supervising drumming teams, protecting and ensuring a real promotion of the drum dance.

As a reminder, the text had been analyzed in the Cabinet Meeting of 8 June 2017 and had been returned for enrichment by the recommendations made with a team appointed for this purpose.

After analysis of the revised text, the Council adopted it with some amendments and further recommendations.

6. Draft Decree on the establishment and modalities of the Management of the ICT Universal Service in Burundi, presented by the Minister of Posts, Information Technology, Communication and the Media.

Universal Service is the minimum set of defined services that is accessible to the general population under affordable pricing conditions regardless of geographical location.

This Fund, which is the subject of the draft text, is intended to finance exclusively Universal Service activities and is expected to be financed mainly by contributions from operators and providers of electronic communications services up to 1% of their annual tax-free profit, in addition to other resources, including investment proceeds or potential government subsidies.

It should be recalled that this is a rereading of a text already analyzed in the Council of Ministers and returned after the latter noted that the proposed draft deserved clarifications, in particular clarifying the legal status of this socioeconomic entity and had set up a team that had to finalize it to bring it back when it was retouched.

The Council of Ministers noted that the observations and recommendations that had been formulated were incorporated into the new text and adopted it.

7. Draft Decree Governing Civilian Personnel in the Department of National Defense and Veterans Affairs, Presented by the Minister of National Defense and Veterans Affairs.

The texts governing civilian personnel applied to date contain deficiencies and shortcomings, in particular in the management of the career of this category of personnel. For example, the personnel contract was renewed every year, which was contrary to the Labour Code.
This project therefore determines the conditions of recruitment, the rights and duties, the disciplinary regime and the career management of this civilian staff.

This text had been analyzed by the Council, which had recommended reworking the project, ensuring that it was in harmony with that governing the civilian personnel working within the Ministry of Public Security.
After analysis of the newly revised text with the assistance of the appointed team, the Council adopted it.

8. Draft Ministerial Ordinance on the organization and operation of Vocational Education Centres and Vocational Training Centres,
9. Draft Ministerial Order laying down the conditions for the opening and approval of vocational training centres and vocational training centres, both presented by the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Employment.

The Government of Burundi has made occupational and vocational education a priority in order to address a glaring gap where this area has so far been considered a non-priority sector and therefore not attractive to the population.

The proposed drafts provide a structuring and regulation of a sector dominated by the informal sector by clarifying the organization and operation of the Centres of Vocational Training in the public sector and those resulting from the private initiative. The text defines the different management and consultation bodies and provides guidance in the management of the discipline and the civic training of the learners.

Both drafts were adopted with amendments and recommendations for better implementation.

10. Draft Law on the Organic Framework for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, presented by the Minister for Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender.

Since human societies exist, people with disabilities have been found in all parts of the world and in all social categories. According to the World Health Organization, in 2011, the number of people living with a disability was estimated at between 15 and 20% of the world’s population.

At the level of Burundi, although there is legislation, in particular the Constitution, which covers human rights in general, including those of persons with disabilities, a specific text for this category is missing.
The present project therefore addresses these gaps and aims to integrate people with a disability into the society so that it is useful to itself and to the community.

As a reminder, the draft had been analyzed as of 24 May 2017 and the Council had recommended that the text be reworked with the support of a team appointed for that purpose and the text presented was the fruit of the work concerted and contains the integration of the recommendations made during the first analysis session.
The Council of Ministers appreciated the revised text and adopted it.

11. With regard to the various matters, the members of the Council exchanged various information concerning the national life, in particular :

The Minister in charge of Human Rights informed the Council of the repatriation of some 15 young people, including 6 girls who had been abandoned by a swindler who had abducted them abusively in Dar es Salaam for exhibition as drummers before disappearing in nature. They were later assisted by the Burundian Embassy in Tanzania. The crook ended up being apprehended and is for the moment in the hands of the justice.

The Council took the opportunity to invite parents to pay attention to this kind of scam that has affected numerous artists in recent times by people who take advantage of the naivety of young people and embark them in risky adventures with a promise to help them reach Europe or America, the last example being the 6 young people who have just taken off after arriving in the United States of America, a plan visibly prepared in advance.

The Council was also informed by the Minister of Finance that the World Bank has ranked Burundi in the top ranking according to the evaluation results of the Education Systems Analysis Program (PASEC2014) in education especially for the poorest girls, and equal access to quality education.

For the Government, this is the result of the Education for all children of the Basic School program.

Done at Bujumbura, August 11, 2017

Philippe NZOBONARIBA
Secretary-General and Spokesman
of the Government.-

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