Proceeding to the opening of the 1st edition of the Nigeria-Burundi Business Summit, this Tuesday, September 27 in Bujumbura, President Evariste Ndayishimiye called on African countries to explore trade opportunities for a South-South cooperation.
This summit organized under the theme “Economic Development through African Private Sector Investment” saw the participation of Burundian businessmen, the Nigerian business community living in Burundi as well as a strong delegation of Nigerian businessmen who came with the objective of strengthening bilateral cooperation through investment in the private sector and promotion of trade.
“The theme chosen for this event calls for ambitious commitments to break the status quo. Indeed, the eyes of Africans have for so long been focused outside the continent. Few African countries have linked up to develop strong and sustainable investment partnerships. The time has come for South-South cooperation,” said the Head of State who informed the Nigerian community about the many investment opportunities that Burundi offers, in addition to the favorable conditions of Doing Business.
Hailing the dynamism and creativity of the Nigerian people, the Burundian President hinted that Burundi, a country in the process of reconstruction, would like to learn from the experience and expertise of Nigerians especially the Burundian youth who would like to ensure their economic empowerment and contribute to the development of the country.
The Nigerian Ambassador to Burundi, Mr. Elijah C. Onyegba, for his part, said that one of the missions of the Nigerian Embassy in Burundi is to be the main embassy to connect Burundian and Nigerian businesses for the strengthening of bilateral relations.
“With this objective, the Nigeria-Burundi summit was organized to showcase the business prospects of Nigeria and Burundi, identify areas of bilateral collaboration and consolidate the mutual economic interests of the two brotherly countries,” the Nigerian Diplomat stressed.
This first edition of the Nigeria-Burundi Business Summit, which will last 5 days, will provide an opportunity to visit the local products of the two countries on display at the Zion Beach Ho