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