Free access to regional African markets

Burundi is a member of various regional economic communities such as Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC). These memberships increase the market size for Burundian products.

Rankings of doing business

Burundi is ranked 140 overall in countries in the Doing Business 2014 Data and 27th overall in countries for ease of starting a business.

Hub point for investors

There are many opportunities still available in Burundi for foreign investment as all economic sectors are open to foreign investment.

Many investment incentives

There are many investment incentives available to both international and domestic companies, they are:

  • Income tax deferrals;
  • Exemptions from import and export duties;
  • No requirement that Burundian nationals own shares in companies;
  • Generally no permission required to invest with the exception of companies that wish to apply for special incentives;
  • Easy access to visa or permits;
  • Tax advantages in the Investment Code;
  • Quota and duty-free  access to major international markets;
  • Property ownership not limited to just Burundian nationals;
  • Free transfer of foreign capital and income after payment of taxes; and
  • The services of an investment promotion agency (the Burundi Investment Promotion Authority – API).