A Cabinet Meeting was held on Wednesday 28 February 2018 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi. The following items were analyzed :

1. Draft Decree revising Decree No. 100/58 of 18 March 2008 on the creation, attribution, composition and functioning of the National Council for Statistical Information (CNIS), presented by the Minister to the Presidency in charge of Good Governance and Planning.

The operating framework of the National Council for Statistical Information (CNIS) is laid down by the law of 25 September 2007 on the organization of the National Statistical System and the decree of 18 March 2008 establishing, and operating the National Council of the Statistical information.

This Council ensures consultation between providers and users of official statistics. It helps to ensure that every year a program of statistical work and surveys is carried out in line with the needs of stakeholders to understand the society in the economic and social fields. The assessment made by this Council each year makes it possible to identify the progress made to meet these needs, as well as the gaps that need to be bridged in the statistical system.

As some shortcomings were noted in the decree that organizes the functioning of the National Council of Statistical Information, it is necessary to review the text in order address the shortcomings. These include, for example, provisions relating to the mandate and the renewal of conflicting Board members, of certain sectors that are not represented in this Council, while they constitute important links in statistical production in Burundi. Finally, the decree in force does not mention the private sector and civil society among the members to sit on this Council so that it is open to all sectors of activity.

After exchanges, this draft was endorsed with some amendments.
2. Draft Decree on the National Framework for Collection, Dissemination, access, archiving and securing of data and micro data, presented by the Minister to the Presidency in charge of Good Governance and Planning.

The National Statistical System is built around four components namely : (i) the National Council for Statistical Information (CNIS), (ii) the Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of Burundi (ISTEEBU), (iii) the Statistical Services in the public and parastatal sectors, (iv) and finally the National Schools and Institutions of Statistical and Demographic Training.

Of all these components, the Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of Burundi (ISTEEBU) is the central organ of the National Statistical System to which the Government entrusted the task of collecting, analyzing and disseminating statistical data in Burundi for planning purposes. These dissemination, access, archiving and data security activities must be regulated to meet international requirements.

The present draft therefore provides the guidelines on the use of data and available micro data and defines the nature of the Data and Micro data files that will be published, the intended use of these files and the conditions under which the files are provided.
The draft was endorsed with minor contributions to consider.

3. Draft Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the planned construction of a National Police Hospital of Burundi between the Ministry of Public Security and China Machinery Engineering Corporation, presented by the Minister of Public Security.

The Hospital of the National Police of Burundi was created by the decree n ° 100/39 of February 17, 2016. The same decree specifies the level of care exerted by this establishment by indicating that it is of national reference. Although some services are functional, it is noticeable the exiguity of the premises as well as the absence of biomedical equipment, which does not allow the proper functioning of this hospital.

This draft memorandum of understanding aims to improve the infrastructure of this hospital and make modern medical services more efficient. The other objective is to have a hospital offering specialized services with technical equipment to minimize the cases of transfer abroad for specialized care.
The draft memorandum was adopted.

4. Draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Burundi and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania on police cooperation, presented by the Minister of Public Security.

As part of the fight against transnational crime, international, regional and bilateral agreements are encouraged between police forces to cooperate in the fight against different forms of crime, terrorism and to strengthen the capacities of the countries. to make them more operational and professional. And it is in this context that it is essential to create a partnership between the Tanzanian and Burundian police to precisely deal with organized crime that is a reality in both countries.

The cooperation agreements between Burundi and Tanzania are necessary for the purpose of consolidating peace and security especially as these two countries share a common border, and are part of the East African Community whose main concern is to put in place strategies for peace and security in the region.

The signing of this memorandum will allow the police of these two countries to combine their efforts to put an end to this scourge that threatens the two countries, the sub-region and the world. The draft memorandum was adopted.

5. Draft Decree on the Status of Development Villages in Burundi, presented by the Minister of Communal Development.

The report on the inventory of villages in Burundi reveals certain challenges that constitute major obstacles to the successful implementation of the National Villagisation Policy. These challenges are related in particular to the low rate of construction of village plots, low occupancy rate of already built homes and that of village occupancy as a whole.

This draft is intended to be a regulatory framework aimed at addressing certain shortcomings already noted in the implementation of the National Villagisation Policy. It contains proposed approaches to be used in the process of allocating plots, building and occupying existing houses in existing villages to encourage people to adhere to this policy. The occupation of these villages will strengthen social cohesion, national reconciliation and participate in economic and social development.

Following enriching discussions on the project, the Council of Ministers adopted it and a team was set up to guide and enhance the contributions of the Council.

6. Explanatory note on the project to build a modern Youth Center in Bujumbura by the International Youth Fellowship Organization (IYF), presented by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

International Youth Fellowship (IYF) is a Christian organization based in South Korea but working in 80 countries around the world including Burundi where it has been established since 2009 and has already organized several activities for young people in our country including workshops training to change mentality, festivals and organized community work. The IYF aims for a transformed world through a change of mentality to face the challenges of young people, because for this organization, no country in the world can achieve sustainable development without embarking youth.

Through contacts with various Burundian authorities, this organization is committed to building a modern multidisciplinary youth center which will house a large professional school, a health center, a library and its headquarters, subject to the availability of land granted to the organization by the government.

The land has been identified and all the administrative formalities for its registration have been made. The Note requests the Council to decide on the transfer of the title of ownership or its concession to the organization, in order to allow the continuation of the construction process of this Center.

At the end of the exchanges, the Council of Ministers asked that this Organization first present the plans of the Center and the works it wishes to build, the budget available for this activity as well as the deadlines for the implementation of the project before the Council decides on the size of the land to be granted to the organization.

Under “Any Other Business” section :
• The Council of Ministers reviewed the projects implemented by the NGOs or other international bodies working in Burundi where it was recommended to be vigilant as to their content, so as not to endorse or approve documents whose content often does not reflect the Government’s priorities. The same is true for the Annual Work Plans of these NGOs and other field agencies, where the Council has requested that these plans be first approved and validated by sectoral ministries after that they have ensured that they are consistent with the Government’s programs. As for the reports produced by these NGOs or other partners without having associated the Government, the Council of Ministers recommended to deny and denounce them, whenever it appears that these reports are intended to tarnish the image of the country.
• The Minister of Communal Development informed the Council of the irregularities observed in the distribution of chemical fertilizers to the population, and it was recommended that a strict control accompany this distribution in order to prevent any corruption.

• The Council was also informed by the Minister of Water, Environment and Town Planning about the identification of a network of counterfeiters in the forest products sector, who use a technology of making notional installment slips for the benefit of the public treasury, and a recommendation has been made to all other public sectors generating income to be vigilant and check with the Burundian Revenue Authority (OBR) whether all payments are duly channeled into their destination.

Done at Bujumbura, March 01, 2018

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