Following is the text
of Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singhís media statement during State
Visit of President of the Republic of Burundi, Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, to
India, in New Delhi today:
ďItís a great honour to welcome President Nkurunziza to India on his
first state visit to India.
India and Burundi enjoy warm and friendly relations. Our official
exchanges, trade and investment linkages and people-to-people
interactions are growing steadily. Earlier today, President Nkurunziza
and I reviewed our relations and we have agreed to further promote and
expand our ties in an all-round manner.
The Memorandums of Understanding signed today in the fields of rural
development, education, health and medicine will enable our two
countries to undertake structured cooperation in these vital areas of
human development, where Indiaís experience can be of some relevance to
There is also great potential to further strengthen bilateral trade and
investment relations. I requested President Nkurunziza to facilitate
Indian investment in agriculture, infrastructure and manufacturing
sectors in line with Burundiís national development goals and policies.
India has also contributed to the development of Burundiís human
resources through the pan- African e-network project, training
programmes and scholarships. Burundi will be hosting the India-Africa
Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, a Vocational
training Centre and Cluster of Biomass Gasifier Systems offered by India
under the India-Africa Forum Summit initiative for capacity building and
development. India is also setting up an Information and Technology
Centre of Excellence there. I hope these institutions will be
operational soon and benefit not only our friends from Burundi but the
whole of Africa.
India is committed to the development of infrastructure in Burundi. In
addition to the US$ 80 million line of credit for the important Kabu
hydroelectric project currently under operation, we have agreed to
extend a new line of credit worth over US$ 40 million to Burundi for a
farm mechanization and food processing project.
We also exchanged views on regional and global issues, including our
fight against the common threat of piracy and the urgent need for reform
of the United Nations Security Council. India deeply appreciates
Burundiís support for its candidature as a permanent member of the
reformed and expanded Security Council.
This visit of President Nkurunziza has imparted a fresh impetus to our
joint efforts to strengthen our bilateral relations. With these words, I
am confident that our ties will make rapid progress in coming years.
I thank you.Ē