Tanzania and Burundi desire to develop trade opportunities between them. The discussion of the same took place at a business forum in September.
Minister of Transport, Public Works and Equipment, Jean Bosco Ntunzwenimana, says Burundi is already gaining more from the improvement of the relationship between the two countries: “Ten years we were not allowed to use Dar es Salaam port ago but now we are using it. There is a 40% reduction in the cost of goods imported while using road transport”.
Ntunzwenimana says there are great projects that both Burundi and Tanzania are working on namely the construction of Uvinza-Musongati railway line and a multinational road: Bujumbura-Rumonge-Nyanza –Lac -Kasulu -Manyovu.
He also says those projects are developing significantly. “ A workshop will be held where experts from Tanzania and Burundi will meet to validate its study in Kigoma this 13 October 2017”, Ntunzwenimana says adding that they will provide the best way forward.
This railway is part of the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTFA) project to build a standard-gauge railway connecting Uvinza, Kigoma and Musongati.
There will also be a capacity building in the trade sector between the two countries which will make it easier for them to move forward said the public transport minister.