Four-fold growth in Russia-Burundi cooperation

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Burundi Ezechiel Nibigira had talks in Moscow on Tuesday, followed by a joint news conference, Foreign Ministry’s website reports.

As Lavrov noted at the news conference, “We praised the positive dynamics of our trade and economic relations. The figures are not too impressive yet, but they show significant growth: more than four-fold in the past three years. This corresponds to our mutual intent to bring our mutually beneficial business partnership to a new level, and today we have reaffirmed that. We have recently managed to launch an entire series of successful joint projects in manufacturing, mining and agriculture. Several Russian companies are operating in Burundi. In turn, a shop selling Burundian tea and coffee opened in Russia and is doing very well. We also agreed to maintain direct contacts between our business communities. The most promising areas of cooperation are interregional cooperation; in particular, there are good plans to develop a range of joint projects in Burundi involving Russia’s Republic of Mordovia.”

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