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Strengthening the bilateral relations between Burundi and the Kingdom of Belgium

On March 27, 2024, H.E Mr. Ambassador Thérence Ntahiraja, accompanied by his two diplomatic advisors, Ms. Espérance Uwimana and Mr. Dieudonné Constantin Niyuhire, paid a courtesy visit to the Director General of the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel), Mr Jean Van Wetter. The Head of Diplomatic Mission of Burundi in Brussels was warmly welcomed by the Director General.

Moreover, he responded favorably to the invitation addressed to him by H.E. Ambassador Thérence NTAHIRAJA in which he confirmed his participation as a speaker during the conference. He also promised to send an Enabel expert responsible for the climate issues for participating in the morning in the Round Table on the innovative initiatives on the environment and climate change in Burundi.
The second project consists of the support for the construction of buildings of the health sector. Following a maintenance system put in place, those buildings and their equipment are well maintained, a very positive sign for the Director of Enabel.
That visit experienced the delegation from the Embassy of Burundi in Brussels to visit the various Enabel offices and meet the Enabel team responsible for operations.
On the program of the visit are exchange on the activities/projects carried out by Enabel in Burundi and presentation by H.E. Ambassador Thérence Ntahiraja of an invitation to the next Conference on Investment Opportunities in Burundi that the Embassy of Burundi at Brussels organizes for the 19th April, 2024.

Finally, before parting, H.E Mr Ambassador Thérence Ntahiraja offered a gift of Burundi coffee to Mr Jean Van Watter, the Managing Director of Enabel.
Enabel operates in Burundi in the sectors of Education, Health, Agriculture, Environment, Training and Good governance. The Director General of Enabel says he is satisfied with two projects executed in Burundi by Enabel, including the “LATAWAMA” regional project. That project is implemented jointly with the Lake Tanganyika Authority under the funding from the European Union (EU) in order to improve the water quality of Lake Tanganyika. On that subject, he invited the Government of Burundi to participate in a side event which will be organized on the sidelines of COP29 in BAKU and which will focus on the financing of the countries which are under the equator under threat of the climate change.
In his speech, H.E. Ambassador Thérence Ntahiraja welcomed the new dynamism in cooperation between Burundi and the Kingdom of Belgium which is attested by the signing of the new specific cooperation agreement over five (5) years between Burundi and Belgium and thanked that country for the projects carried out in Burundi through Enabel.


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