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STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF BURUNDI ON THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONA VIRUS

STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF BURUNDI ON THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONA VIRUS
PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE GOVERNMENT STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF BURUNDI ON THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONA VIRUS In the framework of the fight against the Corona Virus, the Government of Burundi has taken, like the other countries of the world, measures to prevent and fight against the Corona Virus. Through the concerned sectoral ministries, a series of measures were taken such as:  Hygiene measures to be taken suggested by the Ministry of Health and the Fight Against AIDS, Quarantine measures for people coming from countries where the Corona Virus is already declared, Measures to suspend the granting of visas, Measures to suspend official missions abroad, Measures to suspend flights at the International Airport Melchior NDADAYE and other related measures to those already taken, above-mentioned. 
 On behalf of the people of Burundi and on behalf of all the people living in Burundi, the Government of Burundi thanks the Almighty Good Lord who constantly protects Burundi inasmuch as so far, no case of Corona Virus has been reported throughout the national territory of Burundi. As many know, Burundi has no exceptional expertise in terms of prevention and fighting the Corona virus compared to other countries where this Virus is already reported, only the Mighty Hand of God has protected Burundi.   The Government of Burundi urges the population not to lower the guard and to continue to implement the measures to prevent and fight the Corona Virus already taken by the Government and other possible progressive measures which will be taken. The Government of Burundi requests the various Ministries, each with regard to its area of expertise, to step up the supervision of the population. The Government of Burundi wishes to reassure public opinion in general and the Burundian population in particular that Burundi has adequate and sufficient equipment to test this virus, as evidenced by the case of the teacher of the École Française and other cases of different people tested where different results have shown that there is no case of Corona Virus so far in Burundi. To this end, the Government of Burundi takes this opportunity to thank beyond words the Chinese Government and “Jack Ma Foundation” for the material and logistical support already granted in the context of prevention and fight against the corona virus. The Government of Burundi takes this opportunity to warn anyone, Burundian or foreigner who, for various sneaky reasons of disorientation and manipulation of opinion, pretend to be ahead of the Government of the Republic of...

MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH 2020

MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH 2020
PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC Secretariat-General of the Government MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH 2020   A Cabinet Meeting was held on Wednesday 11 March 2020 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi. The following items have been analyzed:   Bill pertaining to the ratification by the Republic of Burundi of the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Zone (ZLECAF), presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.   The idea of creating a free trade area in Africa dates from the 1960s. But it was at the Conference of African Heads of State and Government in January 2012 in Addis Ababa that the decision was made on to the framework and the roadmap to fast track the creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area. Subsequently, negotiations continued to reach an agreement establishing the African Free Trade Area (ZLECAF). This African Free Trade Zone aims, among other things, to create a single market for goods and services, facilitated by the movement of people. It will also contribute to the circulation of capital and people and will facilitate investments. The Council had analyzed this project and found that it required a much more in-depth study by experts in order to assess the benefits that Burundi could derive from the ratification of this project. After discussions, the Council noted that the file still needed to be deepened and appointed a team which will assess what Burundi will gain or lose by ratifying or not ratifying this project. The project will be brought back to the Council of Ministers within one month.   The team was also tasked with proposing a permanent multisectoral committee of experts to study and negotiate all the agreements to which Burundi is called upon to enter into. Draft ratification of the revised Treaty establishing the Economic Community of Central African States, presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.   The Economic Community of Central African States was created in October 1983 and its General Secretariat set up in January 1985. It currently has eleven member states including Burundi. The institutional reform of ECCAS in question today was ordered by the Conference of Heads of State and Government at its 16th ordinary session held on May 25, 2015 in N’Djamena, Chad. On December 18, 2019, there was an Extraordinary Summit of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECCAS devoted to the institutional reform of ECCAS. The purpose of this summit was...

MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 26 AND THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2020

MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 26 AND THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2020
PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC Secretariat-General of the Government   MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 26 AND THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2020   A Cabinet Meeting was held on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 February 2020 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi. The following items have been analyzed:   Bill establishing the comprehensive state budget for the financial year 2020/2021, presented by the Minister of Finance, Budget and Economic Development Cooperation. This finance bill for the 2020/2021 financial year comes in an environment characterized by international economic recovery.   At the national level, this bill is prepared in a particular context where the country is approaching elections on the one hand, and in a context marked by a moderate recovery in the economy and by the pursuit of prudent fiscal policy and prioritization in the management of the state budget, on the other hand. Fiscal policy will continue to focus on the implementation of the National Development Plan while ensuring alignment of sector budgets with the various programs and projects of this Plan. It is in this spirit that the preparation of the 2020/2021 Budget was made on the basis of the priorities sent by the various ministries and institutions. To this end, account has been taken of the priorities selected in the 2018-2027 National Development Plan, which puts particular emphasis on growth sectors.   For the 2020/2021 fiscal year, the policy of prioritization in the execution of the state budget will be maintained in order to properly control and manage any activity or event involving public spending. The budget year will also be marked by a policy aimed at supporting local businesses so that they can be more competitive on foreign markets. At the social level, certain measures will be implemented during the 2020/2021 financial year. Thus, in order to continue to support its civil servants even during retirement, the government will grant a subsidy representing the expenses linked to user fees for health care paid by state retirees not covered by the Mutual Fund for the Civil Service. In order to increase revenue, further steps will be taken to broaden the tax base, combat tax evasion and avoidance, strengthen the collection of arrears, and contain tax exemptions. For the 2020/2021 financial year, the total resources of the General State Budget are estimated at 1,415.51 billion Fbu against 1,327.08 billion Fbu for the 2019/2020 financial year, an increase of 6.66%. As for expenses, they increased from 1,516.4...

MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2020

MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2020
PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC Secretariat-General of the Government   MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2020   A Cabinet Meeting was held on Wednesday 12 February 2020 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi. The following items have been analyzed:   Draft decree revising decree n ° 100/39 of 17 February 2016 on the creation, organization, missions and operation of the Burundi National Police Hospital, presented by the Minister of Public Security and Disaster Management.   The Burundi National Police Hospital is currently organized by decree n ° 100/39 of February 17, 2016. Days after this decree, the denomination and the organization of the Ministry responsible for this Hospital have changed, becoming the “Ministry of Public Security and Disaster Management”, with the Ministry being currently organized by decree No. 100 / 083 of July 20, 2018. In addition, the General Direction of the National Police was changed to General Inspection of the National Police of Burundi by organic law n ° 1/03 of February 20, 2017 which governs the National Police of Burundi. Finally, it is a question that the organization of this Hospital conforms to the organic framework of the personalized Administrations of the State. The revision of this decree is therefore proposed to comply with these texts. After discussions and debate, the project was adopted.     Draft decree establishing the Special Fund for Disaster Risk Reduction, presented by the Minister of Public Security and Disaster Management.   Over the past few decades, the world has experienced an upsurge in disasters of various origins. Losses from these disasters are increasing, with a cohort of severe consequences for human life, people’s livelihoods and various infrastructures. Faced with this situation, the world authorities met in 2005 and in 2015 in Japan to set up a guideline, in order to mitigate losses and risks linked to disasters. At the regional and sub-regional levels, the States have organized themselves to create structures responsible for monitoring the theme of disaster risk reduction on a daily basis in order to comply with the framework drawn up at the global level. With regard to our country, these structures have existed since October 2007 with the creation of the National Platform for Risk Prevention and Disaster Management, and its branches exist at the level of each Province. In order to align with the global framework, the National Development Plan provided for the creation of a Fund to finance risk prevention and disaster...

PRESS RELEASE OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 11th DECEMBER 2019

PRESS RELEASE OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 11th DECEMBER 2019
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC Government General Secretariat PRESS RELEASE OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 11th DECEMBER 2019   The Council of Ministers met on Wednesday, 11th December 2019, under the chairmanship of His Excellency the President of the Republic, Mr. Pierre NKURUNZIZA. The following points were analyzed:   Draft law on the status of Burundi National Police Officers, presented by the Minister of Public Security and Disaster Management.   The Burundi National Police is governed by Organic Law No. 1/03 of 20th February 2017 on the missions, organization and functioning of the Burundi National Police, which revised Law No. 1/23 of 31st December 2004. This law provides for a number of implementing texts, including the statutes of the National Police personnel. Currently, the status of National Police Officers is determined by Law No. 1/18 of 31st December 2010. The present draft law on the status of officers of the Burundi National Police, which is being adapted to the 2017 organic law, introduces certain innovations that could enable the Officer to work in the current socio-economic, security and political environment. Among other innovations, these are conditions of recruitment where the notion of celibacy is more explicit. With regard to the rights, duties and incompatibilities of the Police Officer, innovations are also being made with regard to the benefits related to working conditions, the seniority of the Officer, support for the family of the serving Officer who dies and support for a dignified reintegration into civilian life for the retired Officer.   With regard to ranks, innovations are being made in the nomenclature to remove confusion between the rank and the function of Commissioner. New features have also been introduced with regard to premiums, allowances and other social benefits such as incentives and compensation for the constraints and risks of the police profession. Innovations are also being made in the management of the Officer’s career and the disciplinary system. After analysis and discussion of this draft, the Council noted that it needed to be harmonized with the draft law on the status of officers of the National Defense Force. He has set up a team to check the harmonization between the two texts. The same work will be done with regard to the draft laws on the status of Brigadiers and Officers of the National Police and of the non-commissioned officers and the soldiers of the National Defense Force. This team is also called upon to compute the budgetary impact of these draft laws....

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