BUJUMBURA March 6th (ABP) – The Director General of the Diaspora, Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Foreign Non-Profit Associations (ASBLs) at the Burundi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Gamaliel Nkurunziza, said on Tuesday March 2019, that this Ministry officially hands over materials from Handicap International to local NGOs (NGOs) partnering with that FNGO.

The handover was organized in accordance with the proposal submitted by Handicap International.

On January 31, 2019, the expatriate staff of the    FNGO Handicap International that remained in Burundi officially announced their departure from the country and implemented it on that date.

This handover, he said, enforces Article 17 of the General Cooperation Convention signed on 21 November 2012 by the Government of Burundi and Handicap International. It will be directed to centers for the disabled, in accordance with the commitment of the Burundi Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the “scrupulous” respect of the proposal made before the closing by the FNGO Handicap International.

The equipment to be handed over includes 16 vehicles, 13 motorcycles and some bicycles, as well as other equipment specifically related to operational projects in Burundi such as computers and generators. However, in the distribution of the material, adjustments will be made where the FNGO Handicap International “did not do very well,” Nkurunziza said.

Ministries in charge of Education, Public Health, Foreign Affairs, Interior and Finance are part of the public partners of that FNGO and will also benefit from the distribution of that material.

The field monitoring of the activities of the partners that will receive this material, he said, will be ensured notably by the ministerial departments concerned and the local territorial administration.

In that context, the Directorate-General in charge of FNGOs under the Burundi Ministry of Foreign Affairs may also organize “ad hoc visits” to the projects and activities of the aforementioned partners.

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