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India-Burundi Joint Statement

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza during their delegation level talks in New Delhi on September 18, 2012.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza during their delegation level talks in New Delhi on September 18, 2012.

Following is the Joint Statement issued by India and Burundi here yesterday during the visit of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza to India from September 17-19, 2012:

His Excellency Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi paid a State Visit to India from 17-19 September, 2012 at the invitation of Hon’ble President Shri Pranab Mukherjee. 
 
2. He was accompanied by Her Excellency First Lady Mrs. Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza and a high-level Ministerial and official delegation. The Ministers accompanying included His Excellency Mr. Laurent Kavakure, Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation; Her Excellency Ms. Kayitesi, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock; and His Excellency Mr. Come Manirakiza, Minister of Energy and Mines. 
 
3. The President of Burundi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on September 18, 2012. The President laid a wreath at the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and paid homage to the Father of the Indian Nation. During the State Visit, President Nkurunziza met the Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee who hosted a banquet in his honour. Hon’ble Vice President Shri M. Hamid Ansari called on the President of Burundi. The President of Burundi and the Prime Minister of India held detailed discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. 
 
4. The President of Burundi received Minister of State for External Affairs Mrs. Preneet Kaur. 
 
5. The President of Burundi and the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh held delegation-level discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues. These discussions were held in a warm, cordial and friendly atmosphere reflecting the developing multi-faceted bilateral partnership between the two countries.
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6. The two leaders recalled their meeting on the sidelines of the Second Africa-India Forum Summit held in Addis Ababa in May 2011 and discussions held thereon. 
 
7. The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the intensification of diplomatic contacts between the two countries, particularly after the opening of resident Embassy by Burundi in New Delhi in 2009. The leaders positively assessed the growing bilateral political, trade and economic relations. The General Cooperation Agreement signed during the visit of Minister of State for External Affairs of India in February 2012 was seen to provide an important platform for cooperation between the two countries in various areas. 
 
8. Both sides agreed to further enhance the bilateral cooperation in view of the considerable untapped potential. 
 
9. President of Burundi thanked the Government of India for approval of a concessional line of credit of US $ 80 mn for the Kabu – 16 Hydro-electric project. Completion of the project will go a long way in meeting Burundi’s electricity requirements. 
 
10. President Nkurunziza expressed satisfaction for the successful implementation of the Tele-education and Tele-medicine centres in Burundi set up in August 2010 under the Pan African E-Network project. Under the tele-education programme, Burundi has concluded agreements with the University of Madras and Indira Gandhi National Open University. 
 
11. The two leaders reviewed and expressed satisfaction at the implementation of the following projects, which have been offered to Burundi as part of the decisions of the India-Africa Forum Summits of 2008 and 2011:
 
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(i) India-Africa Institute of Education, Planning and Administration; 
(ii) India-Africa Vocational Training Centre; 
(iii) Village electrification in Burundi through the setting up of Biomass Gasifiers; and
(iv) Farm Science Centre. 
 
12. India is also setting up an IT Centre of Excellence as a bilateral commitment. The two sides have identified the main thrust areas for the proposed Centre. 
 
13. Both sides agreed to continue strengthening cooperation in the areas of economy, trade and investment, finance, human resource development, culture, etc. while striving to expand cooperation into other potential areas such as agriculture, food processing, ICT, science & technology, health, mining etc. Burundi invited Indian investments in infrastructure development, mining, agriculture, power generation and transmission, tourism among others. Both sides agreed to find ways and means of enhancing and further expanding the bilateral trade and investment. 
 
14. President Nkurunziza thanked the Government of India for the increased number of long-term scholarships provided to Burundian students in the educational institutions in India under Indian Council for Cultural Relations. He also appreciated the high quality of training being imparted to the Burundian officials under Indian Technical and Economical Cooperation (ITEC) programme and various short-term training and long-term fellowship programmes of the India Africa Forum Summit mechanism. These programmes have been useful to Burundi in its human resource development. 
 
15. The Burundian Government requested Government of India’s assistance to finance some of their infrastructure projects. Government of India assured President Nkurunziza of India’s continued support in Burundi’s economic and infrastructural development. Government of India announced a Line of Credit of US$ 42.38 million for Farm Mechanisation and Integrated Food Processing Complex in Burundi. The President of Burundi expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister of India for this financial support.
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16. President Nkurunziza also appreciated the contribution of India through the IBSA Trust Fund for strengthening infrastructure and capacity to combat HIV/AIDS in Burundi. 
 
17. The following agreements were signed during the visit: (i) Exchange Programme for Cooperation in the field of Education, (ii) Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Rural Development and (iii) Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine. 
 
18. President Nkurunziza took special note of India’s active participation in the United Nations sponsored peace missions in Africa, and the role it continues to play in promoting peace and security in the continent. India appreciated Burundi’s contribution of forces to the AMISOM in an effort to bring in peace and security in Somalia. 
 
19. President Nkurunziza conveyed Burundi’s support for India’s candidature for Permanent Membership in an expanded United Nations Security Council. The Indian side thanked Burundi for its support to India’s candidature for Permanent Membership in an expanded United Nations Security Council.
 
20. Burundi informed of its application for the membership of the Commonwealth and requested India’s support. India conveyed that, in view of the excellent and growing bilateral relations, the request of Burundi will be considered when the Commonwealth Secretary-General consults with member States in this regard, in keeping with the agreed process for membership of the Commonwealth.
 
21. Both India and Burundi strongly condemned the menace of international terrorism and its devastating effect on the human civilization. They affirmed that there can be no justification for terrorism and reiterated their resolve to work towards strengthening of the global consensus and legal regimes against terrorism. 
 
22. Both sides agreed that the State Visit of the President of Burundi will lead to strengthening of the cooperative relations between the two countries, and will provide further impetus for the future development of a comprehensive partnership. 
 
23. The President of Burundi conveyed his deep gratitude and appreciation to the President and Prime Minister of India for the warm hospitality extended to him and the members of his delegation during the visit. President Nkurunziza invited the President and the Prime Minister of India to pay State Visits to Burundi on mutually convenient dates. The invitations were accepted with gratitude and it was agreed that the dates of the visits would be finalized through diplomatic channels. 
 
New Delhi
September 18, 2012
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