Burundi Targets 8.2% Growth by 2015 on Mine, Tourism Investment

Burundi is targeting economic growth of 8.2 percent in 2015 by attracting investment in the East African nation’s mining, agriculture and tourism industries, Second Vice President Gervais Rufyikiri said.

Rufyikiri spoke in Bujumbura, the capital, at a meeting yesterday with a Belgian business delegation currently visiting the country. Burundi relies on Belgium for 14 percent of its imports and 5 percent of its exports, President Pierre Nkurunziza said at the meeting.

Burundi’s economic growth is expected to 6 percent in 2014, compared with an estimated 4.2 percent last year, former Finance Minister Clotilde Nizigama said earlier this month.

To contact the reporter on this story: Desire Nimubona in Bujumbura at dnimubona@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

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