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Monday, December 16, 2013 

Burundi consults with partners

BUJUMBURA, Burundi--The Political Forum of the Partners’ Coordination Group recently met to evaluate the first year of the implementation of the Strategic Framework for Growth and Poverty Reduction, second generation (PRSP II). 

The meeting between Burundi and its major donors, gave an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the contents of the lastest updates.

 Participants discussed the quality of diagnosis, identified constraints, outlined potential risks and proposed appropriate solutions that can contribute to improving performance in the future.

The Burundi Second Vice-President, Gervais Rufyikiri, who chaired the meeting, said the PRSP II document is the result of hard, rigorous and participatory work from severalconsultations.

This included representatives of grassroots communities, central government and civil society organisations who had the opportunity to enrich it. 

He said the major challenge during the evaluation of the implementation of PRSP II is the lack of data on the state of financial execution of projects due partly to the lack of control over the funding from donors. 

He requested development partners to quickly align themselves with the statutes of the Bank of the Republic of Burundi in order to limit financial bottlenecks for PRSP II.

Many participants, both from the government and donors, recognized the progress already made in key sectors.

 However it was highlighted that some improvements in Burundi’s business regulatory climate were not reflected in the latest edition of the World Bank/IFC Doing Business.

By Claudine Nizigiyimana, Monday, December 16th, 2013