A Cabinet Meeting was held on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 June 2018 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi. The following items were analyzed :
1. Bill determining the General State Budget for the period 2018/2019, presented by the Minister of Finance, Budget and Economic Development Cooperation.
The present Finance Bill 2018/2019 is consistent with the new Constitution of the Republic of Burundi which, in article 182, stipulates that the fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. This is a harmonization of the fiscal period with the other member countries of the East African Community.
This bill refers to the State Budget for the 2018 financial year with the same basic assumptions. The budget policy and orientation therefore remain unchanged except for the "domestic VAT" revenue line, which increased by 13 billion, and the "electoral mapping" expenditure lines of 8.2 billion, scrapped because the planned referendum has already taken place, "Provision for the 2020 elections" and "clearance of arrears" that have been modified.
At the time of the implementation of the 2018/2019 Budget, the services of the Ministry in charge of Finance will keep an eye on the pace of execution of the Budget, the performance of the Burundian Revenue Authority, the modification of certain texts in terms of fiscal policy. In addition, with the restructuring of the Ministries on April 19, 2018, many Ministries will have their organizational charts changed. A budget review will therefore be made in December 2018 in order to incorporate these elements into the 2018/2019 Finance Law.
But while waiting for this revision, the new ministries will liaise with the Ministry in charge of Finance to jointly determine the mechanisms allowing them to have the means of operation.
The bill has been endorsed.
Coming next was the analysis of 12 draft decrees related to the reorganization and missions of certain departments whose structure was modified following the change made to the government’s outlook since April 19, 2018. They are :
2. Draft Decree on missions, organization and functioning of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Development Cooperation,
3. Draft Decree on the Organization of the Ministry of Decentralization and Institutional Reform,
4. Draft Decree on the missions, organization and functioning of the Ministry of the Interior, Patriotic Education and Local Development,
5. Draft Decree on the organization of the Ministry to the Presidency in charge of Good Governance,
6. Draft Decree on the Organization of the Ministry of Justice, Civic Protection and the Keeping of the Seals,
7. Draft Reorganization Decree of the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock,
8. Draft Decree revising Decree No. 100/1966 of 29 July 2013 reorganizing the Ministry of Transport, Public Works, Equipment and Territorial Development,
9. Draft Decree on Reorganization and Operation of the Ministry of Water, Energy and Mining,
10. Draft Decree on Reorganization and Operation of the Ministry of Public Service, Labor and Employment,
11. Draft Reorganization Decree of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research,
12. Draft Decree on the organization and functioning of the Ministry of Communication and Media,
13. Draft Decree on the organization and functioning of the Ministry of Youth, Posts and Information Technologies.
The above drafts were presented by the Ministers having these various sectors under their supervision.
The missions of the various ministries are defined by Decree No. 100/037 of 19 April 2018 revising Decree No. 100/29 of 18 September 2015 on the structure, functioning and missions of the Government of the Republic of Burundi.
These missions will be carried out through the structures of each ministry, that is, the General Directorates, the Departments’ Directorates, Autonomous Administrative entities and other self-managed organizations under their supervision.
The draft decrees presented for adoption therefore establish the organizational structures of these ministries so that they can carry out the missions assigned to them.
These projects were adopted with slight amendments, with the exception of the draft decrees on the organization of the Ministry of Decentralization and Institutional Reform and the one organizing the Ministry of the Interior, Patriotic Education and Local Development for which a team was appointed to first address the overlap that appears between the two departments or possibly with one or the other department.
Both projects will be brought back to the Council of Ministers within two weeks.
Under “Any Other Business” Section,
The Minister of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock informed the Council that the ban on slaughter and consumption of small ruminants’ meat has been lifted since all goats and sheeps have been vaccinated nationwide. Nevertheless, the importation of goats from outside the country remains prohibited for a period of two months, the time that this vaccination can provide the necessary immunity to these goats.
The Minister of the Interior, Patriotic Education and Local Development informed the Council that labor camps for students will be organized during the summer holidays and asked for support from the members of the Government in the supervision of these young people during the holidays, when they undertake field visits in provinces under their caretaking, but also in their native communes.
Done at Bujumbura, June 14, 2018
Secretary-General and Spokesman
of the Government.-