On April 27, the Hub supported a public-private dialogue meeting in Bujumbura, Burundi to advance implementation of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol implementation. The meeting brought together 55 representatives from the private sector, industry regulatory boards, and government ministries with responsibilities connected to the Common Market Protocol. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Office of the President Responsible for EAC Affairs, Amb. Jean Rigi, attended. Scroll down for a list of issues discussed.
The meeting was an initial step toward assessing the level of partnership between the public and private sector, exploring opportunities for deeper collaboration, and positioning the Hub as a potential technical assistance partner to support accelerated implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol.
The Hub is supporting Burundi’s private sector, through a partnership with the umbrella private sector association the Burundi Federal Chamber of Commerce (CFCIB), to improve their capacity to participate in, and effectively influence, the implementation process of the East African Community Common Market Protocol. This meeting was held in partnership with the Chamber.
Key Issues Raised at the Public-Private Dialogue
- Burundi has recorded one reform, in relation to an non-tariff barrier previously reported against it by Kenya. Metal products from Kenya were charged a CET rate of 25% when exported to Burundi, in violation of Burundi’s commitments to the free movement of goods. This has since been removed.
- Burundi maintains several measures that restrict ownership and transfer of assets for companies. These have further dampened Burundi’s investment outlook and further constrains its commitments to the EAC CMP.