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Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Its capital is Gitega. Although the country is landlocked, much of the south-western border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika. 

The President of the Republic, Évariste Ndayishimiye, has been elected in June 2020 for a mandate of seven years. 

More than 65 percent of Burundi’s exports are coffee, precious stones or metals. The import baskets of Burundi, the D.R. Congo and Tanzania are fairly like Zambia. However, for Burundi agricultural commodities and food products are somewhat more prominent, reflecting the scarcity of agricultural land and the specialization on the export crops coffee and tea in Burundi. The import market size for products (cement, sugar and maize) in Burundi is at about 49 million US-dollar in 2017.

Burundi mainly imports iron and steel products from Uganda, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, China, Tanzania and Rwanda, and processed food as well as detergents and sanitary articles from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.


The top exports of Burundi are Gold ($113M), Coffee ($46.9M), Tea ($25.7M), Niobium, Tantalum, Vanadium and Zirconium Ore($20.8M), and Wheat Flours ($9.05M). Total exports 2018: $272M

The top imports of Burundi are Refined Petroleum ($139M), Packaged Medicaments ($36.9M), Mixed Mineral or Chemical Fertilizers ($29.9M), Raw Sugar ($25.6M), and Blood, antisera, vaccines, toxins and cultures ($22.3M). Total imports 2018: $804M

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