Transport Sector

Transport Sector in Burundi-control page

The transporting sector in Burundi is undergoing improvements following destruction of infrastructure as a result of civil wars in Burundi.

There are a number of systems of transport in Burundi, including road and water-based infrastructure, the latter of which makes use of Lake Tanganyika.

Burundi still has one international airport and domestic air transport is not fully developed.

A great hindrance to Burundi’s economic development is lack of adequate transportation. The country is landlocked, and there are currently no railways in Burundi.

Regulatory framework in the Transport Sector Burundi

Ministry of Rural Development
Ministry of Rural Development (MDR), which is responsible for rural road infrastructure comprising unclassified communal and feeder roads, supported by local government agencies and municipalities

Ministry of Transport, Post and telecommunications
The Ministry of Transport, Post and telecommunications is responsible for transforming transport sector policy in Burundi through road transport delivery services and mobility.

Ministry of Public Works & Equipment
The Ministry of Works and Equipment (MTPE), which is responsible for classified road infrastructure development and management

Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Infrastructure’s main missions:

  • Design and implement the national policy on transport, public buildings and road infrastructure
  • Initiate a policy development of transport infrastructure and monitor its implementation
  • Promote the development and maintenance of the road and rail network in order to facilitate the opening of the country
  • Developing and regulating transport systems by land, air, sea, rail and lake in favor of opening up the country
  • Coordinate all activities of equipment
  • Ensure the protection of public works
  • Ensure the acquisition and management of state property
  • Supervise research projects construction or rehabilitation of public buildings
  • Assume the role of prime contractor representative on behalf of the State in all infrastructure projects
  • Coordinate the production of architectural standards for public and private buildings
  • Supervise the construction and maintenance of urban infrastructure and semi-urban areas
  • Refresh the maintenance policy and public works infrastructure
  • Develop and implement a policy of maximum profitability of roads, port facilities, airports and railways
  • Promote the prevention of road safety in collaboration with relevant departments;
  • Develop a rational policy acquisition and management cartage state
  • Promote training in the transport sector
  • Develop and monitor the investment projects of the Ministry.

General Directorate of Transport

The General Directorate of Transport comprises of department of inland transport and the department for international transport

The General Directorate of Transport’s main missions:

  • Government-run transport policy in collaboration with the Offices, Boards and Custom Administrations sector;
  • Provide appropriate regulation in the transport sector;
  • Participate in the development and negotiation of Regional and International Agreements on land, air, sea, lake, train and monitor transport;
  • Ensure the implementation of a Development Director Transport Sector Plan;
  • Organize and supervise private and public sector operators Transport;
  • Promote training in the transport sector.

The Department of Inland Transport’s main missions:

  • Participate in the development and ensure the implementation of the Inland Transport Policy;
  • Implement regulations and strategies of the activities of the Inland Transport;
  • Organize and supervise operators Transport Sector Interiors;
  • Continuously monitor the behavior of the Inland Transport Sector and keep statistics;

The Department of International Transport is responsible for:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of the policy of opening up the country by road tracks, lake, rail and air;
  • Initiate studies and strategies for infrastructure development and monitoring of international transport;
  • Continuously monitor the behavior of the sectors concerned and keep statistics;
  • Carry out the planning, inspection and regular monitoring of the national fleet of rail, road and air infrastructure;

Transport Sector Policy

Transport sector policy aims at promoting cheaper, efficient and reliable transport services as the means of providing effective support to increased agricultural and industrial production, trade, tourism, social and administrative services.

Road transport policy
Road transport policy is formulated by the Ministry of Transport, Post and Telecommunications.  The department responsible for carrying out the works is the Directorate-General of Roads, which forms part of the Ministry of Public Works.

Burundian Agency for Public Interest Works
Burundian Agency for Public Interest Works is an independent entity that was created in 2000 to implement various donor-supported projects, including projects in the road sector, by concluding construction contracts.

Air Transport

The regulation of air transport is the responsibility of the Ministry of Transport, Post and Telecommunications.

Air Transport Policy
Government policy on the aviation industry is to ensure that the air transport industry is safe, secure, regular and efficient. It is also to ensure that the Bujumbura International Airport turns into a regional hub.

Transport sector has been summarized to include the following

Transport Sector Profile in Burundi

Road Transport in Burundi

Air Transport in Burundi

Water Transport in Burundi