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Francophone lawmakers’ association visits Burundi

BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- Delegates of the International Association of French-Speaking Parliamentarians (APF) Monday started a two-day visit in Burundi to eyewitness the east African country’s situation to lift sanctions weighing on that country, the speaker of the Burundian national assembly said.

The delegates led by the head of APF Jacques Chagnon, who is also president of the National Assembly of Quebec in Canada, visited Burundi to eyewitness the situation prevailing in Burundi, said Burundian National Assembly Speaker Pascal Nyabenda after meeting the delegates in Ngozi province, 125km north of the Burundian capital Bujumbura.

He was accompanied by some heads of chambers of Parliament in Africa.

The APF delegates were briefed about Burundi’s situation in a meeting they had with members of the bureaus of the two chambers of the east African parliament—the National Assembly and the Senate.

“We had requested the APF to send delegates to eyewitness the real situation in Burundi,” he said. Burundi hopes that they will consider our request as they realized that the situation of 2015 is far different from the situation of 2017, said Nyabenda.

He indicated that he demonstrated that the crisis that prevailed in Burundi in 2015 is over now.



Burundi signs agreement with Canada based company to exploit nickel

BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- The Burundian government Monday signed an agreement with CVMR, a Canada-based company to continue explorations and the exploitation of nickel in Karusi and Gitega provinces, central Burundi, the Burundian energy and mining minister said here in a press conference.

The convention provides that CVMR will continue exploration researches of nickel at Nyabikere in Karusi and at Waga in Gitega as well as associated minerals in the two sites, said Burundian energy and mining Minister Come Manirakiza. “The company will finalize them and we hope that by the beginning of next year the exploitation of nickel will start by then,” said the minister.

According to him, the company will also exploit vanadium at Mukanda in Gitega Province and in some other areas like Butaganzwa in Ruyigi Province in eastern Burundi.

With regards to the delaying exploitation on nickel at Musongati in the southeastern Rutana province, Manirakiza explained that the delay is explained by the fact that the exploitation of nickel at Musongati “requires much energy and a railway” connecting to the site.

“By 2014 when we and the Burundi Mining Metallurgy International (BMM) were about to launch the exploitation of nickel at Musongati, the price of nickel fell very badly at the world market,” said Manirakiza.

Presently the price of nickel has gone high, said the minister, adding that the government is seeking again ways of resuming the partnership with BMM so that they can exploit nickel at Musongati.


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