Revival of the partnership

You can see a large group of people holding a banner in the air.

Over 100 participants contributed to the actors meeting on June 30.06.2023, XNUMX (Photo:SEZ/Africreative).

CARIBOU! KAZE! Welcome to the heart of Africa, Burundi! State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet traveled with a political delegation from Baden-Württemberg to the partner country Burundi to further strengthen the almost 40-year-old partnership.

A warm welcome awaited the delegation from Baden-Württemberg in Burundi when they landed in Bujumbura for the first time in nine years. In addition to members of the state parliament, representatives from the areas of science, civil society, cities and municipalities, schools and universities were part of the delegation. Two journalists and an interpreter accompanied her on this important journey. On the Burundian side, the delegation was accompanied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, in particular by Minister Albert SHINGIRO and State Secretary Ferdinand BASHIKAKO.

The delegation week offered a multi-faceted program to give the travelers a wide range of insights into the country and the partnership.
Part of the delegation began the trip with an intercultural workshop that combined a play with instrumental music and singing with a reflection session. The workshop took participants on a fascinating journey through the country's rich history and culture.

In addition to political appointments in ministries and the Bujumbura town hall, other visits were also on the program. This included handing over language certificates in the German Center. The visit to the doctoral school at the University of Burundi also enabled a fruitful exchange. In addition, selected project partners of the partnership were visited, including the agroforestry project with the partnership coffee “Café du Burundi” in Gitega and the Fondation Stamm.
A particular highlight of the trip was the opening ceremony of the liaison office, which is intended to further deepen the partnership between the two regions. At the SEZ stakeholders' meeting, new priorities for cooperation were defined and important impulses were given for the future, which was attended by over 100 committed people.

The delegation was also invited to the Independence Day celebrations on July 1, where the President of the Republic, Évariste NDAYISHIMIYE, gave Germany and the delegation a special place in his speech.

Let the impressions of the trip sink in, read more about this trip and the opportunities for even closer collaboration!

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