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Burundi – Important Facts

Burundi officially the Republic of Burundi is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. It is also considered part of Central Africa. Burundi’s capital is Bujumbura. The south western border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika. In regards to telecommunications infrastructure, Burundi is ranked 2nd to last in the World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index (NRI) – an indicator for determining the development level of a country’s information and communication technologies. Burundi ranked number 147 overall in the 2014 NRI ranking, down from 144 in 2013. Burundi is part of the East African Community and a potential member of the planned East African Federation.

Over the last decade, economic growth in Burundi has oscillated between 4 and 5%. Economic growth is expected to accelerate slightly to 4.8% in 2014 (up from 4.5% in 2013) boosted by the recovery in the coffee sector and momentum in the construction and service sectors. Inflation continues to decline reaching 3.5% in October 2014, down from 24% in March 2012, reflecting a prudent monetary policy helped by a recent decrease in the prices of imported goods, including oil.

Facts: Capital: Bujumbura, 10.4m population – similar to Belgium, 27,816 sq km area – similar to Haiti, 50 years life expectancy for men, 50 years life expectancy for women, $900 GDP per capita – similar to Liberia

Important Details

  • Country ISO3:BDI
  • Country Code:108
  • Income Group:Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Lending Category:Low income
  • Region:IDA
  • Currency Unit:Burundi franc
  • WTO Member:YES
  • Trade organisations:AU, WTO
  • world rank:133
  • Regional Ranking:28th in Sub-Saharan Africa