Business in Burundi

EENI- School of International Business

Subject Subject (Course): International Trade and Doing Business in Burundi. Bujumbura.


  1. Introduction to the Republic of Burundi (Central Africa).
  2. Doing Business in Bujumbura.
  3. Burundian Economy
  4. International Trade of Burundi
  5. Business and Investment Opportunities in Burundi
    - Infrastructure and logistics
    - Agriculture
    - Tourism
    - Mining sector
    - Food and beverages
    - Industry and manufacture
    - Energy
    - Financial services
    - Health
    - Information and communication technologies (ICT)
    - Real Estate
  6. Case Study: Inter Cafe Burundi
  7. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Burundi
  8. Burundi Investment Promotion Authority (API)
  9. Introduction to French and Swahili
  10. Access to the Burundian Market
  11. Business Plan for Burundi

Objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Burundi”:

  1. To analyse the Burundian economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate business opportunities in Burundi
  3. To explore Burundi's trade relations with the student's country
  4. To know Burundi's Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  5. To develop a business plan for the Burundian Market


Subject “Doing Business in Burundi” is studied...
  1. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  2. Masters (e-learning): International Business, Sub-Saharan Africa
  3. Courses: East Africa and Central Africa

Course learning materials in English or French Burundi Portuguese Burundi Spanish Burundi

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Burundi”: 1 ECTS Credits / 0.5 AC Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Sample of the subject - Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Burundi:
Doing Business in Burundi

We Trust in Africa

Description Subject summary (Doing Business in Burundi).

Burundi: exporter of cobalt, copper, and coffee. Landlocked country.

One of the ten poorest countries in the World.

The Republic of Burundi is located in Central Africa and is one of the ten poorest countries in the World.

  1. Area: 27,834 square kilometres
  2. Burundian population: 9.8 millions of people.
  3. The official languages: Kirundi and French
  4. The capital of Burundi: Bujumbura (340,000).
  5. Other largest cities: Gitega, Muyinga, Ngozi
  6. Independence: 1962 (Belgium)
  7. Burundian Government: Presidential representative democratic Republic
  8. Neighbours of the Republic of Burundi: Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Religion in Burundi: Christianity (Catholicism: 3,9 million).

Burundi belongs to the Central African Economic Area and the East African Economic Area of the African Civilisation.

Burundian Economy:

The agricultural sector of the Republic of Burundi continues to remain the pillar of the Burundian economy. The main cash crops of Burundi (tea and coffee) are the main drivers of economic growth and make up a significant proportion of exports of Burundi.

Coffee production achieved 31,000 tonnes. The increase was due to the favourable response from farmers after the “Office du café du Burundi” augmented the price it pays farmers by 44%.

  1. GDP growth: 4.6%
  2. Agriculture: 27% of GDP. 60% of Burundian exports
  3. Public services: 25% of GDP
  4. Manufacturing: 12%
  5. The inflation: 7.8%
  6. The main natural resources of Burundi are cobalt and copper.
  7. Top exports of Burundi are coffee and sugar.
  8. Small industries subsist excluding the processing of agricultural exports.
  9. Petroleum, nickel, copper, and other natural resources are explored.

The body responsible for attracting FDI: Burundi Investment Promotion Authority (API).

Trans-African corridors:

  1. Central Corridor
  2. Northern Corridor

The nearest ports:

  1. Port of Mombasa (Kenya)
  2. Port of Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania, Rail)

East African Community (EAC)

Burundi has preferential access:

  1. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  2. East African Community (EAC)
  3. Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
  4. COMESA-EAC-SADC Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
  5. COMESA-United States Trade and Investment Framework Agreement
  6. Cotonou Agreement (Europe)
  7. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  8. Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  9. East African Community-US Trade Agreement

Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)

Burundi is a member of...

  1. African Development Bank
  2. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  3. Nile Basin Initiative
  4. Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region
  5. International Conference on the Great Lakes Region
  6. Africa (Burundi)-Asia Strategic Partnership
  7. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  8. Forum Africa-China
  9. Africa (Burundi)-BRICS
  10. African Union (AU)
  11. Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
  12. World Trade Organisation (WTO), Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific, FAO, G-77, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations (UN), Conference on Trade and Development, UNESCO, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), WHO, World Intellectual Property Organisation

Samples - Business in Burundi

COMESA Custom Union

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement

Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region (CEPGL)

African Northern Corridor

East African Community (EAC) Customs Union

Central Corridor (Africa)

Nile Basin Initiative

United States-East African Community Agreement

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