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BhuQaid's passport to happiness

BhuQaid Shevanna offers you a passport to happiness with his new album, 'Passengers and Passports'

• Pinehas Nakaziko

THE Ongwediva-based musician BhuQaid Shevanna continues to make his mark in the industry, and has now added the album 'Passengers and Passports' to his name.

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      ON 1 January this year, trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) became operational.

      The agreement pushes for a liberalised trade regime that would gradually lead to an integrated continental market with import tariffs phased out on 97% of tariff lines within 10 to 13 years. The Namibian's AfCFTA Focus brings you fresh insight on what is available in other African countries – creating a possible gateway to collaboration and exports/import opportunities. Every week, every Wednesday.

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      Capital City: Gitega, (Bujumbura is the economic capital)

      President: Évariste Ndayishimiye

      Population: Est, 11,8 million people

      Official language: French, Kirundi, English

      Borders with: Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

      Currency: Burundian franc

      Exchange rate: N$1 = 146,35 BIF

      Repo rate: 6%

      Banks: 16 banks

      Inflation: 7,3%

      Economy Overview: A landlocked country in East Africa, Burundi is a low-income economy where 80% of the population is employed in agriculture.

      Burundi itself is a landlocked, resource-poor country with an underdeveloped manufacturing sector.

      Although there is potential self-sufficiency in food production, the ongoing civil unrest, overpopulation and soil erosion have contributed to the contraction of the subsistence economy by 25% in recent years.

      Large numbers of internally displaced persons have been unable to produce their own food and are largely dependent on international humanitarian assistance.

      Limited industry exists except for the processing of agricultural exports. Although potential wealth in petroleum, nickel, copper, and other natural resources is being explored, the uncertain security situation has prevented meaningful investor interest.

      Industrial development also is hampered by Burundi's distance from the sea and high transport costs. Lake Tanganyika remains an important trading point.

      Major exports: Coffee, tea, sugar, cotton, hides

      Major imports: Capital goods, petroleum products, foodstuffs

      Main export markets: Germany, Pakistan, Kenya, China, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, Rwanda, United States

      Main import markets: China, Saudi Arabia, India, United Arab Emirates, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Japan, Uganda, Belgium

      GDP: US$3,01 billion

      Govt debt/GDP: 69,5% (2020)

      GDP growth 2021 estimate: 0,3%

      Interesting fact: Goat rearing is also one of the major source of income for rural-dwelling Burundians.

      Compiled by: Lazarus Amukeshe

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