The following were some of the findings in the report on the trade policies and practices of Burundi prepared by WTO Secretariat dated 31 May 2013:

  • The informal sector plays an important role in Burundi, it provides jobs for over 75% of the population.
  • Inflation in Burundi surged significantly during 2008 and 2009, before stabilizing to single-digit levels in the last three years.
  • As an EAC member, Burundi is eligible for non-reciprocal preferential treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences and as one of the least-developed countries it is eligible for the Everything-but-Arms initiative of the European Union.
  • Burundi started implementing the provisions of the Customs Union of the EAC from July 2009. Tariffs on trade between Kenya and Burundi have already been eliminated under the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.
  • Burundi is classified as a least-developed country.