In Paris, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, His Excellency Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO met Mr. Franck Paris, Special Advisor to President Emmanuel Macron, for Africa. They discussed various topics, bilateral cooperation between Burundi and France, regional and global cooperation in general as well as the lifting of sanctions against Burundi by the European Union. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation also met Mr. Jean Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State in charge of Tourism, French people living abroad and Francophonie. They exchanged views on strengthening cooperation through a mutually beneficial partnership.
This visit was also a good opportunity for the Head of Burundian diplomacy to hold some talks with European businessmen, in the context of promoting economic diplomacy, as he commited himself when he took office.
In an interview he conducted with Mr. Steve Gentilli, President of the Francophone Business Forum (FFA), the two interlocutors discussed foreign investment opportunities in Burundi, in particular the exploitation of Lake Tanganyika, which is the 2nd deepest Lake in the world after Lake Baikal, the development of infrastructure, the development of the financial sector which would result in the opening of European banks, the exploitation of mines by signing mutually beneficial cooperation agreements, etc. The Minister did not forget to stress the granting of jobs to Burundian citizens and especially young people who represent more than 65% of the total population, and most of whom are unemployed. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation and the President of the Francophone Business Forum (FFA) have agreed to organize a business forum in Burundi when the health context will allow it.