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President of Burundi: China’s Hydropower Aid Project to Raise the Level of Bilateral Relations

On September 20, at the opening ceremony for the launch of Ruzibazi hydropower station project located in Burundi’s Rumonge province  the President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, said that the project will expand the cooperation between Burundi and China and enhance the level of bilateral relations.

The hydropower station project is China’s largest aid project in Burundi. It was Sinohydro Bureau 14 Co. Ltd. that undertook the project.  It will be a hydropower station, with an installed capacity of 15 megawatts, over the Ruzibazi River, about 43 km south of Bujumbura, the economic capital of Burundi.

In an interview with Xinhua News Agency, Burundi’s Energy Minister, Come Manirakiza, said that the Ruzibazi hydropower station will constitute a large proportion of capacity of the country’s total installed power stations and is very important for the future development of Burundi.

According to Li Changlin, the Chinese ambassador to Burundi, in addition to the hydropower project, China has also implemented a number of aid projects in agriculture, education, and public health.

Source: Xinhua, September 21, 2019