A Cabinet Meeting was held on Wednesday 27 June 2018 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi. The following items were analyzed :
1. Draft Decree on the organization of the Ministry of Public Security and Disaster Management.
2. Draft Decree on missions, organization and functioning of the Ministry of Education, Technical and Vocational Training.
3. Draft Decree Reorganizing the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
These projects were presented by the respective Ministers heading the aforementioned governmental Ministries. These texts are intended to harmonize the missions of the departments whose structures have undergone reorganization with the establishment of the new government team.
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, the autonomous Administrations and other self-managed organizations under their supervision.
The draft decrees presented for adoption therefore put in place the organizational structures of these ministries so that they can carry out the missions assigned to them.
These projects were adopted with minor amendments.
4. Burundi National Development Plan 2018-2027, presented by the Office of the President of the Republic.
The National Development Plan of Burundi is a document that describes the general situation of the country and outlines the main strategic orientations for making Burundi an emerging country by the year 2030.
These strategic directions are :
(1) Develop growth-enhancing sectors for the structural transformation of the economy,
(2) Develop human capital,
(3) Ensure sustainable management of the environment, mitigate climate change and improve land use planning,
(4) Strengthening governance, food security and safeguarding national sovereignty and
(5) Mobilize resources, improve public expenditure management and develop regional and international cooperation.
These strategic orientations are translated into development objectives and priority actions that meet the major challenges identified both at national and Community level.
The plan takes into account lessons learned from the implementation of previous planning tools, namely, Five-Year Plans, Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs), and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs I and II).
The results that have been achieved compared to expectations require the National Development Plan to choose an approach to multidimensional agendas ; at the national level (Vision 2025), at the sub-regional level (Vision 2050 of the East African Community), at regional level (African Agenda 2063) and at the international level (Sustainable Development Objective), to contextualize and domesticate the important targets for the country.
It is therefore a framework for planning, programming, coordinating and monitoring national and international interventions. It is a reference document for all development actors in Burundi. It is on the basis of this Plan that the sectors will have to build their policies and action plans.
Burundi’s National Development Plan has been adopted.
5. Bill on ratification by the Republic of Burundi of Loan Agreement No. 11/721 between the Republic of Burundi and the Saudi Development Fund (SDF) on the Project of asphalting the National Highway No. 16 Bururi- Gitega "Phase 1 : Bururi-Gakuba" signed at 9 Ramadan, 1439 AH on the 24/5/2018
6. Bill on ratification by the Republic of Burundi of Loan Agreement No. 989 between the Republic of Burundi and the Kuwait Fund for Economic Development of Arab Countries concerning the Project for the Construction of National Road No. 3, Rumonge-Nyanza-Lac Section, both presented by the Minister of Transport, Public Works, Equipment and Spatial Planning
The project of construction and asphalting the National Road No. 16 Bururi- Gitega, covering some 72 km, is part of the national transport sector development strategy aimed at strengthening the national road network.
Phase 1 Bururi- Gakuba Section is 35 km long and is estimated at US $ 48.60 million.
Among the donors who agreed to finance this project is the Saudi Development Fund which will provide a loan of 15 million US dollars.
As for the project for the rehabilitation of the Bujumbura National Highway No. 3
Nyanza-Lac, Rumonge -Nyanza -Lac section of a length of 52 km, it falls within the framework of the policy of the Government of Burundi on one hand and the East African Community on the other hand in the matter of the development of transport , which is aimed at the rehabilitation, modernization and maintenance of the road network, particularly regional corridors.
The total cost of the section is US $ 68 million and among the donors who will finance this project is the Kuwait Fund for Economic Development of the Arab Countries which will avail a loan of 15 million US dollars.
Both ratification projects were adopted.
7. Draft Law on ratification by the Republic of Burundi of the Agreement on the Elimination of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Income Tax Evasion Between the Governments of the Republic of Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and the Republic United Republic of Tanzania, presented by the Minister of Finance, Budget and Economic Development Cooperation.
Resolute to promote economic cooperation and to ensure the reciprocal investment protection between the partner states of the East African Community and other non-member countries, an agreement on the elimination of double taxation and the prevention of tax evasion on income tax was signed on November 30, 2010 by 5 partner countries of the East African Community.
This legal instrument is of paramount importance in establishing a legally secure and steady investment framework that can stimulate commercial initiatives and thus increase the level of trade and capital mobility between the Community’s partner States and the Community and the rest of the world. This Community legal instrument is very important for the implementation of a harmonized fiscal policy as Burundi is engaged in negotiations of tax treaties with certain countries.
The project has been adopted.
8. Note on the proposal to sell the property of SOGESTAL Ngozi, presented by the Minister of Finance, Budget and Economic Development Cooperation.
SOGESTAL Ngozi is a management company tasked with early treatment of coffee stations in Ngozi in which the State holds 26.9% of the capital. The company’s governing bodies have expressed a willingness to sell certain assets on the grounds that the company is experiencing funding problems with the 2018 coffee campaign following the banks’ refusal to finance the campaign because of the arrears of the previous campaigns owed by the company.
It has been noted, however, that this sale conceals the will of the leaders of this company to sell these assets at a derisory price to some private businessmen and thus jeopardize the interests of the state in this society.
In order to cope with the urgency of financing the 2018 coffee campaign and safeguard the interests of the State, the Note proposes that the State buys the assets offered for sale at the value estimated by the governing bodies of the society, namely an amount of 1,260,000,000 Fbu. This amount will be transferred directly to the Banks who hold these assets as mortgages to finance the 2018 coffee campaign.
The proposal of the Note has been adopted.
9. Draft Joint Ordinance on the Regulation of Costs and other parental contributions in the Basic, General, Pedagogical and Technical Basic Schools, in the Paramedic Schools in the Public and Private Vocational Education and Training Centers in Burundi, presented by the Minister of Education, Technical and Vocational Education.
In order to promote and enable training for the entire population, the Government of Burundi has allowed promoters wishing to support its action to establish private schools. But these promoters have faced financial problems due to the exorbitant costs of equipment and teaching materials but also to the scarcity of teaching staff in certain fields, thus hindering the production of human resources in sufficient quality and quantity. In addition, the existing education regulations concern the public sector and leave private school developers free to set fees and other contributions as they see fit, which creates disparities in like-minded schools.
This situation has led these private schools to exploit the existing legal vacuum, by regularly reviewing school fees on the rise, which has a negative impact on the financial state of households. The present project therefore determines the amount of school fees and other contributions to be paid in all these schools to bring a halt to this disorder.
It should be noted that the Council of Ministers analyzed this project on March 14, 2018, but returned it with the recommendation to categorize the schools firstly so that those in the same standards would be subject to the same obligations.
After analyzing the reworked project, the Council found it in line with its orientations and adopted it.
10. Draft Decree on the provisional declaration of public utility of the land for the construction of a cross-border market of Gatumba, presented by the Minister of Transport, Public Works, Equipment and Spatial Planning.
This project is part of the World Bank-sponsored Phase II Great Lakes Phase II Trade Facilitation Project.
But for the World Bank to make available funding for the construction of this market it is essential that the identified land of an area of two hectares located on GAHARAWE hill in the Gatumba area of Mutimbuzi Commune, Province of Bujumbura be declared of public utility and this is the purpose of this draft decree.
The construction of this cross-border market will facilitate trade in various agricultural and other products in this border area with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The draft text was adopted.
11. Any other business
The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism informed the Council on the trade fair that will be held in Bujumbura on the ground known as Tempêtes, from June 29 to July 17, 2018. The members of the Government were invited to come and support the economic operators.
The Minister of Public Service, Labor and Employment informed the Council about his recent participation in the Pan African Forum on Public Administration Reform, held in Marrakech, Morocco from June 20 to 21, 2018, where Burundi won the Pan African Award of Excellence, in the category "Innovation and improvement of the quality of the Service" for its Provincial One-Stop-Shop program for administrative formalities.
Done at Bujumbura, June 28, 2018
Secretary-General and Spokesman
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