Burundian VP to attend AU summit in Banjul

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian Vice President Martin Nduwimana will represent the country at the 1-2 July African Union (AU) summit in Banjul, the Gambia, official sources said here Friday.
A government statement said Nduwimana left Bujumbura Thursday for Banjul, where African leaders will convene on the theme "Rationalisation of Regional Economic Communities.
" The statement described the summit's theme as being of "paramount importance" for his country.
Nduwimana recalled that Burundi is already member of a number of regional and sub-regional organisations such as the Economic Community of Southern and Eastern Africa (COMESA), Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL) and aspires to join the East African Free Trade Community (EAC).
"Regional integration is a springboard for the overall development of such a geographically landlocked country as Burundi," Vice President Nduwimana said in the statement.

30 june 2006 10:17:00




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