Facilitating Organizations in Burundi

Facilitating Organizations in Burundi

Federal Chamber Of Commerce and Industry of Burundi (CFCIB)

The Burundi Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the apex body for private sector organisations in Burundi. It adopted its present form in 2008 and brings together ten sectoral chambers and two cross-sectoral chambers. The chamber represents the interests of the private sector in dialogue with government on matters of interest to business.

At the time of its founding in 1923, the Association was known as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Belgium Occupied Territories and the District of Kivu.  In 1943, traders Kivu and Rwanda-Urundi decided to form two separate organizations. Thus was born the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Rwanda-Urundi. 

Rwanda and Burundi decided to end their economic union in 1964. It was established when the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burundi. But already in the mid-1970s began to emerge a class of merchants and national manufacturers. They decided to form an association of national economic operators. 
This new House and Old merged in 1980 to give birth to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burundi new version at the request of the public authorities. It combined for the first time in it and its governing bodies and Foreign Nationals of Burundi. 

 The socio-political crisis that hit Burundi in October 1993 heavily impacted the Private Sector. To counter the energy and be more efficient dispersion of Professional Organizations Private Sector decided to establish an umbrella organization which they named Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burundi, CFCIB. The CFCIB has adopted a new constitution and new bodies from April 2010 until today.

Roles and responsibilities of CFCIB

  • Design, propose and contribute to the promotion and implementation of a policy of private sector development;
  • Represent the sectoral chambers of the private sector component and defend their interests to government, national and local governments, institutions or organizations public, semi-public or private, non-governmental organizations and donors as well as with organizations international;
  • Make available to businesses and other private sector associations of technical assistance services, specialized information consulting, training and development services to all business and professional organizations in the private sector;
  • Contribute to creating the conditions necessary for strengthening and access to commercial credit, the requirements of transparency, free competition, the introduction of a tax incentive legislation to economic and social development and the fight against practices that undermine the stability of business;
  • Assist in linking national economic operators with partners in the sub-region and international;
  • Create or realize itself in economic studies related to the needs of the moment and respond to inquiries made at the initiative of the government or other partners;
  • Promote national and international trade including trade events such as fairs and mentoring participation Burundian firms in fairs and foreign exhibitions;
  • Help normalization or standardization of goods and deposit samples contribute to the dissemination and implementation forfeits standards and norms

Women’s Association of Affairs of Burundi (AFAB)

AFAB is the only umbrella association in that represents interests of business women in Burundi. The association mainly carries out its advocacy activities through sector-specific committees and the board

of directors and gets favourable audience from a number of government agencies and ministries. It also carries out advocacy through the Burundi Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry. However, it has

limited financial resources which sometimes limit its activities

Consumers Association of Burundi (ACOBU)
As an association representing wholesalers and retailers in Burundi, ACOBU is regularly consulted by the government on policy issues affecting traders in Burundi. It is involved in advocating removal of non-tariff barriers in Burundi as well as negotiating tax exemption on behalf of traders.

Burundi Freight Forwarders Association
Burundi Freight Forwarders Association is an association established under the umbrella of the Federation of East Africa Freight Forwarders Association (FEAFFA) which is an apex body of Freight Forwarders Associations in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda that was formed in 2005. It is registered and domiciled in the United Republic of Tanzania in 2006 but its Secretariat is situated in Nairobi, Kenya.

The formation of the FEAFFA was motivated by a need to provide a regional platform for dealing with issues affecting the freight industry.


  • To be the mouthpiece and promote the image of the national associations and the Freight Forwarding Industry throughout the East African Region.
  • To safeguard, promote and advance the common interest of members and freight forwarders of the Region.
  • To promote professionalism in the sector through training and adoption of professional ethics .
  • To enhance public private partnership in the sector at national and regional level.
  • To encourage and facilitate collaboration with relevant national, regional and international organizations.

Burundi Manufacturers Association
Burundi Manufacturers Association was established in Burundi in 1999 as the Industrial Association of Burundi (AIB) to defend the interests of industry against unfair competition.