The port of Zeebrugge signed in June an agreement with the port of Bujumbura in Burundi. This agreement aims at finding the financial means and methods in order to realize a project within the framework of the direct intersectorial development cooperation.
Despite the fact that Burundi is not adjacent to the sea, it has important trump cards for its development. The strategic geographical location of the port of Bujumbura offers the opportunity to serve 5 neighbouring countries, namely, Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The project aims at rebuilding the port of Bujumbura, in order to serve as a leverage for durable socio economic development on behalf of the people of Burundi and the region. The partnership also contains the study for reinforcing the corridor between Bujumbura and the seaport of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), which is necessary to generate cargo traffic with Europe via the sea.
Today Burundi recovers from a manyyears' civil war.The country is run by a democratic government. If the socio economic situation does not follow, these positive evolutions will get into a tight corner. Durable peace is only possible if the economy can fully function. Stability and peace can be safeguarded through economic growth which generates employment and wealth for the population.