Bujumbura — The construction of the Burundian presidential palace will begin in 2014 thanks to Chinese funding, Chinese Ambassador to the Central African country Yu Xuzhong announced here on Thursday.
"The construction of the palace of the Burundian president, that of the first vice-president and the palace of the second vice- president will start next year (2014) as everything is now in place," said Ambassador Yu said.
The Chinese envoy made the announcement on the occasion to mark China's 64th National Day, which falls on Oct. 1.
Government officials and diplomats accredited to Burundi joined the Chinese community living in Burundi during the celebration.
Yu told the gathering that China will continue to support Burundi's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Phase Two (PRSPII).
During a two-day visit to Burundi on Sept. 16, Chinese Deputy Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan and the Burundian government signed an agreement of 22 million U. S. dollars for the construction of the presidential palace and a hydropower dam on River Ruzibazi.
The presidential palace will be erected in Gasenyi neighborhood, a hill overlooking Kamenge neighborhood, in the north of the capital Bujumbura.