Trade and Development - The Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, on Thursday visited projects being implemented in Burundi under bilateral cooperation between the Netherlands and Burundi.
Dutch cooperation with Burundi has been prominent in training and supply of equipment for the defence and security forces since 2005 when a ceasefire agreement was signed between rebels and the regular army that ended a decade of civil war in country.
The itinerary of the two-day visit of Mrs Ploumen, which is part of a tour of countries in the Great Lakes Region, includes meetings with Burundi government officials, civil society representatives, the media, private sector and Dutch non-governmental organizations.
The cooperation between the two countries was consolidated last year with the opening of a Dutch embassy in Burundi.
The tour of the Dutch minister has already taken her to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, according to a statement from the Dutch diplomatic mission in Bujumbura.