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Republic of Burundi

Brazil established diplomatic relations with Burundi in 1980. The African country opened its resident Embassy in Brasilia in 2012. The Brazilian Embassy in Nairobi (Kenia) is also accredited to represent the Country in Burundi. Brazil cooperates with Burundi in initiatives for fighting poverty, improving the health system and the agricultural development both bilaterally and through the IBSA Fund.

The first visit of a Foreign Minister from Burundi to Brazil was in 2009, by Augustin Nsanze. In February, 2013, President Dilma Rousseff had a meeting with the President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, in the margins of the Third Africa – South America Summit (ASA). Foreign Minister Laurent Kavakure visited Brazil in April, 2013.

Chronology of Bilateral Relations

1980 – Establishment of bilateral relations

2007 – Brazil participates on the Roundtable of Bujumbura for the Development of Burundi

2008 – Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) and the Economic Development Institute of Burundi (IDEC)

2008 – Dr. Paulo Galerani, from EMBRAPA Regional Office in Accra, travels to Bujumbura, where he had meetings with the Minister of Agriculture of Burundi

2009 – Official visit of the Foreign Minister of Burundi to Brazil. Signature of the Technical Cooperation Agreement

2010 – Brazil receives studies visit of technicians from the Ministry of Fight Against AIDS from Burundi

2011 – Meeting between Foreign Ministers Antonio de Aguiar Patriota and Augustin Nsanze, in the margins of the UN High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, in New York. Burundi manifests its support for the candidature of Professor José Graziano da Silva to the General Direction of FAO

2011 – Burundi is included among the beneficiaries of Law 12.429/2011, which authorizes Brazil to donate public stocks of food for international humanitarian assistance. In 2012, Brazil donated 2 thousand tons of rice to the country, through the World Food Programme

2011 – Meeting between Foreign Ministers Antonio de Aguiar Patriota and Laurent Kavakure, in the margins of the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the ASA, in Malabo

2012 – Opening of the Embassy of Burundi in Brasilia

2012 – Technicians from Burundi participated in eleven courses from the Brazil-Africa Dialogue on food security

2012 – Non-resident Ambassador of Brazil to Burundi travels to Bujumbura in order to participate on the inauguration of the health center for detection and prevention of HIV/AIDS, built in the context of cooperation provided by the IBSA Fund. Meeting of the Ambassador with Foreign Minister Laurent Kavakure

2012 – Brazil participates on the Development Partners Conference on Burundi and offers support to the Second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper for Burundi (2012-16)

2013 – Meeting between President Dilma Rousseff and President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, in the margins of the Third ASA Summit, in Malabo

2013Visit to Brazil of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Burundi, Laurent Kavakure (April 15-17)

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