On Thursday April 8th, 2021, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation His Excellency Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO officially opened an information and exchange seminar for the newly appointed diplomats.
In his opening remarks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, His Excellency Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO said that this seminar was organized in order to provide these diplomats with the tools and knowledge necessary to better control the diplomatic function, which nowadays wants to be more offensive, proactive, dynamic, efficient and active.
In fact, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation recalled some expectations of Burundian taxpayers who pay the salaries of these diplomats. He informed them that they are going to represent Burundi, a sovereign State, which has proven to the world its dignity and which has been able to overcome many challenges, including the attempts of foreign interference in the internal affairs of our country. The people of Burundi are dignified, resilient, patient, hard-working, and much attached to their sovereignty. His Excellency Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO therefore asked these diplomats to be proactive in their mission to serve Burundi and Burundians through the defense of the sovereignty and vital interests of Burundi in their countries of accreditation.
In addition to this, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, His Excellency Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO indicated that representing the country also supposes knowing its socio-economic development projects, its vision and its ambitions. In this perspective, diplomats are asked to mobilize foreign investors in order to present them with many business opportunities as well as the business climate in Burundi. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation reminded them that he has placed mutually beneficial economic diplomacy at the center of his priorities. In the unique case of Burundi, this economic diplomacy will focus on promoting trade, attracting foreign investment, technology transfer, promoting industrialization and tourism.