On december 7 and 8, 2023, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation organized a seminar for the Heads of Diplomatic and Consular Missions of Burundi abroad.
In his intervention, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE said that that seminar will be of a great importance, because it will be an opportunity for their self-assessments and their determinations to promote Burundian diplomacy. The President of the Republic urged the leaders, including the diplomats, to use their positions to bring about a significant positive change, each in their field, although the resistance to change was always reported.
The Head of State asked the Burundian diplomats accredited abroad to praise the riches of their country including coffee, tea, tourist sites, the climate, the quality of its food, etc. He took the opportunity to tell them about the Vision of Burundi as an emerging country in 2040 and a developed country in 2060, before enlightening their conscience on the contribution of all Burundians to the success of that objective. He did not fail to recall the major pillars of sustainable development including peace and security, the program budget, the digitalization of services and an awakened conscience for the interest of his homeland. The President of the Republic finally announced that a new action plan, including the challenges and solutions discussed in that seminar, will be accomplished for a dynamic diplomacy.
After that session, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO discussed about the current situation of Burundian diplomacy, then he indicated that that seminar is organized at a time when Burundi is experiencing a new momentum of development with the vision of Burundi as an emerging country in 2040 and a developed country in 2060. The Minister Albert SHINGIRO reminded the Heads of Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Ministry’s commitment for strengthening the economic diplomacy through an awareness raising in favor of investments foreign direct, trade, tourism promotion, infrastructure and technology transfer.
The second day of the seminar of the Heads of Diplomatic and Consular Missions was marked by the various presentations and discussions on the Diaspora, the new agreements relating to Burundian migrant workers, the new Cooperation Framework Plan between Burundi and the United Nations Development System, the new approach to financial management (program budget) and the activity reports: findings and reminders of the expected results.
On thursday december 7, 2023, His Excellency the President of the Republic Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE met behind closed doors with the Heads of Diplomatic and Consular Missions of Burundi abroad at the NTARE HOUSE palace.
The seminar ended with the reading of the recommendations made during that activity.