Nine Executive Directors in Burundi

13/02/2006
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Nine Executive Directors of the African Development Bank Group -- Mrs. Aud Mariit Wiig (representing Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finalnd, India and Switzerland) and Messrs. Farouk Shakweer (Egypt and Djibouti), Omar Bougara (Algeria, Guinea Bissau and Madagascar), Alexandre Fontès (Cape Verde, Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Gabon, Mali and Niger), Francesco Pittore (Italy, France and Belgium), Ahmed Taher Tabib (Libya, Mauritania and Somalia), Yasuaki Yoneyama (Japan, Argentina, Austria, Brazil and Saudi Arabia), Lawal Sani (Nigeria and Sao Tome & Principe) and J.C. Andze-Olinga (Cameroon, Congo, Burundi, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo) --, who were in Cameroon last week, arrived in Burundi on Sunday for a three-day working visit, beginning with a field tour and interactions with several members of the government of  Burundi.

The visitors and their hosts will discuss the performance of social and economic projects being financed by the Bank in the country. They will also confer with financial and monetary authorities of the country during the visit.

The ministers of external relations and international cooperation, Mrs. Antoinette Batumubwira, her counterpart in charge of development planning and national reconstruction, Mr.Goreth Nduwimana as well as those of finance, Mr. Salvator Ngowembona and good governance and general state inspectorate, Mr. Joseph Ntakarutimana, are among the key ministers involved in the discussions.

The ministers were due to meet representatives of bilateral and multilateral agencies in Bujumbura and visit projects financed by the ADB, especially in the communes of Rutovua and Matana in the south before winding up the trip with an audience with the head of state, Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza.

The Bank recently resumed support to Burundi after several years of suspension of its activities due to the civil strife in the country in the last 12 years.


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