Burundi President hails Dar-Bujumbura’s bond

BURUNDI’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye has hailed the true friendship that exists between Tanzania and his country, saying it is more than a friendship.

Speaking shortly after visiting the Kwale dry port in Coast Region on Saturday, a former army general, Ndayishimiye said: “We and Tanzanians are not just friends but brothers and sisters, we are very grateful to the Tanzanian government for giving us this area of land here at Kwale Dry Port that set to enable trade between our two countries.”

The government of Tanzania provides 10ha out of 502ha of land at the Kwale Dry Port so as to improve trade between the two East African nations.

The Burundian president, who ended his visit to Tanzania on Sunday afternoon, explained that the Kwale dry port project will reduce the cost of various goods in his country.

Gen. Ndayishimiye also said that Kwala dry port area will boost trade between Tanzania and Burundi.

He further added that the commencement of operations in the dry port would help reduce travel costs for the Burundian business community.

“The land that hosts the Dry-Port of Kwala is located along with metric gauge and the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) which will also help to solve the problem of congestion of cargo at Dar port as well as making easier for goods to be transported outside the country,” Tanzanian Port Authority (TPA)’s DG Erick Hamisi said during the President Ndayishimiye’s tour at Kwala.

TPA Director General Erick Hamisi explains how the Kwala Dry Port will be implemented to Burundi President Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye at the project site in Ruvu, Kibaha Coast Region on Saturday. 

“The cargo from the port would be ferried by train to the Kwala Dry Port and from there the trucks could pick to transport to neighbouring countries. This would relieve the city roads from heavy trucks which have been caused for damages on the roads.” the TPA Chief said.

On his part, Works and Transport Minister said that the government has set aside 37.23bn/- for the construction of the Kwala Dry Port.

In her remarks on Friday during a state banquet held at the Dodoma’s Chamwino State House in honour of the Burundian Head of State, the Tanzania President has expressed the need for Tanzania and Burundi to make good use of available opportunities to improve the trade balance between the two nations

“The balance of trade between Tanzania and Burundi had recorded a significant growth between 2015 and 2019, before it was affected by the global pandemic, Covid-19,” she said.

The Tanzania Head of State has further revealed that in 2019, trade volume was recorded at 200bn/-, up from 85bn/- attained in 2015 due to Covid-19.

“Tanzania’s export to Burundi dropped to 35.6bn in 2020 from 81.7bn of 2015, whereas Burundi’s import was at 688m/-, down from 2.1bn/-.