Burundi, Zambia diplomatic ties strong

Burundi has celebrated its 52nd independence anniversary remembering its 1993-2005 civil war that left thousands of citizens dead.

Burundi ambassador to Zambia Ciza Lowis on Tuesday cautioned against taking peace and stability for granted because the two were fundamental to the development of any country.

He said his country was firmly committed to the peace keeping process of Africa and that was the reason why the country was an active member of regional and international organisations on the promotion of peace and political stability.

Mr Lowis said the road to effective independence was not an easy one without economic development.

He said Burundi was keeping strong diplomatic ties with Zambia and other countries in the region so as to foster economic development as well as bilateral ties with its neighbours.

Mr Lowis said Burundi was enjoying cordial diplomatic relations with Zambia and that there were approximately 2500 Burundi nationals living in Zambia among them business men and women, students and senior officials in international and regional organisations.

He said Lake Tanganyika was a natural link between Burundi and Zambia with Bujumbura lying at the Northern tip while Mpulungu was perched on the South tip of the lake.

Mr Lowis said Lake Tanganyika was a highway linking the Great Lakes region and the Southern Africa as well as the North-South Corridor.

He said Burundi through its President Pierre Nkurunziza was exited that the Africa Development Bank and other assisting both Zambia and Burundi in the development of economic infrastructure.

Mr Lowis said Burundi was looking forward to the day when the Nseluka-Mpulungu rail link would be constructed so as to reduce the cost of transport between the two countries.

“Burundi is a land of welcoming people, with a secular and rich culture. It is a country of one thousand and one hills. Burundians are also hard working farmers with  80 percent of its 10 million relying on agriculture. It is a fact that even if mineral resources among them nickel and Colombo tantalite have been prospected, they have not yet reached mining stage. A long term development planning tool called Vision 2015 is guiding the policies and strategies for sustainable development in order to satisfy the current generations without compromising the chances of those to come.

The Vision 2025 aims among other objectives to raise Burundi’s GDP from US$137 and US$720,” Mr Lowis said.