No Visas for COMESA Delegates to Burundi Summit – President Nkurunziza

Burundi government will waive visa requirements for all delegates that will attend the 20th COMESA Summit scheduled to take place in the country in April this year.

Speaking during a pre-summit interview with the joint COMESA- Burundi Publicity team, that called on him at State House last week, the President of Burundi H.E Pierre Nkurunziza said no Visas will be required for invited delegates to the Policy Organs meetings and the Summit.

“As I welcome their Excellencies, Heads of State and government of the COMESA region and other delegates, I wish to assure all the invited delegates that they shall not be subjected to visa requirements into Burundi,” the President said.

He said the decision will facilitate travel for more COMESA delegates to attend the Policy Organs meetings and the Summit.

President Nkurunziza said Burundi will align its programmes with the theme of the Summit to ensure a speedy and effective implementation of the declarations to be made this year.

The theme of this year’s Summit is; ‘COMESA: Towards a Digital Economic Integration’.

He said: “We look forward to developing programmes that have a direct connection with this year’s theme which shall allow our economies to meet the demands of the global village. If we remain behind in technology, we shall not be competitive as a region”.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Hon Pelate Niyonkuru said her ministry will work with the ministries of education in the region to ensure that ICT is embedded in the school curriculum.

“This will enable the youth to embrace technology at a tender age for the full realisation of a Digital economy,” she noted.

Preparations for the Summit slated for 18 – 19 April 2018 are underway in Bujumbura and at the COMESA Secretariat COMESA secretariat with joint teams working on the logistics for the Summit which is the most important activity it the organization’s annual calendar.

At the Summit, President Nkurunziza will take over the chairmanship of COMESA from President Rajaonarimampianina of Madagascar.

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