Burundi is at the heart of the Great Lakes Region, neighboring Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and the DRC. It is a cradle for mineral, agriculture and infrastructure developments that prove savvy for investors.
Demographically, Burundi is a small country but with a high population density that skirts between Rwanda and its borders, thus creating a mutual regional market.
Business Opportunities in Burundi
Like its neighbor Rwanda, the bulk of opportunities in Burundi are agronomic. There is a plethora of agricultural opportunities in this nation that can replenish the growth of the mineral industry that continues a spill over from the mineral-rich Congo. Indeed, the United States has shown interest in doubling its export base, banking mostly on fertilizer and seed exports.
Construction, infrastructure, and energy, particularly hydropower, are equally good opportunity areas to invest in Burundi. Currently, Burundi is in search of firms, local or international, to generate renewable power resources.
The mutual relations between Burundi and the West, particularly the United States, have elicited a trading expansion impetus by the National Export Initiative (NEI) in the US. Burundi has an investment Promotion Authority to oversee an enabling economic and investment aura. There is also an SME authority that promotes small-scale enterprise development.