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East Africa: The Quiet Impact of Magufuli in Burundi

The long wait for the big news - the anticipated breakthrough perhaps - on the divisive trade deal between the East African Community (EAC) and the European Union (EU) didn't end with the expected on Saturday. Instead, it culminated into a sneak peek into the new regional game-plan to fix the bloc's trouble child Burundi - for long an outpost of bloody conflicts in the Community. The key resolution of the 18th Ordinary Heads of State summit in Dar es Salaam reveals what could be the culmination of fresh behind-the-scenes efforts to address the prolonged crisis.

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Tanzania: 80mw Power Project to Benefit Three Countries

OVER 7,000 households in Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are set to benefit from 80 megawatts of electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydro-electric project along Kagera River whose ground-breaking ceremony is set for today. Tanzania's Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo and his Rwanda and Burundian counterparts are expected to grace the ground-breaking event scheduled at the Tanzania-Rwanda border. Each partner state will have a share of 26.6MW to be connected to their national power grids. The project is as well meant to strengthen the regional power interconnections between the three countries, which are also member states of the East African Community (EAC).

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Burundi: Metropolitan Area Network Launched in Capital Bujumbura

Alongside the official inauguration of digital television, Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, has introduced the optical fibre Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) on this 19 December 2016. The event marked an important step towards the increase of the penetration of information and communication technologies that Nestor Bankumukunzi, the Minister in charge of information and communication technologies, said to be "unsatisfactory" in Burundi. "The MAN will offer a quality service that is unparalleled so far. It has been conceived to be the difference", said the Minister.

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Burundi: Govt Expects Good Results From COP22

Several African ministers in charge of water are taking part in the 22nd Conference of Parties-COP22 organized in Morocco (7-18 November). Water issues are at the top of the COP22 agenda. Burundi has submitted five projects to be supported. Eric Nkurunziza, activist in environment and lecturer of environment law at the "Université Lumière de Bujumbura" said COP22 is the continuation of COP21 held in Paris last year. "The attendees in COP21 conference adopted some recommendations on climate change. However, the latter weren't yet fully implemented in the respective countries", said Nkurunziza. He said the participants of COP22 must focus on how to put into force the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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