Bujumbura port in Burundi is an entry point on Lake Tanganyika, along with the port of Kigoma in Tanzania, Mpulungu in Zambia, and Kalemia in the DR Congo.
The port generates huge revenue for the country handling 200,000 to 500,000 tonnes according to official data fetched last year, 2020.
Burundi last week embarked on a development project to advance operations at the port. From our sources, the project will be managed by Japan with an estimated cost of USD31 million.
Ever since it was constructed in 1950, this is the first time the port will be revamped.
“There is the dredging of the port basin, so if there is the dredging of the port basin, you understand that the big boats and the big ships will be able to dock with their weight without any problem. We will have reached the required level so that such boats can navigate without problems and dock without any difficulties,” Jacque Bigirimana, the Director-General of the Maritime Authority said.
For President Evariste Ndayishimiye the modernization project is coming at the right moment.
“This project comes at the right time because Burundi is in the process of developing trade relations with countries in the region,” he said.
By Elijah Christopher