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Burundi May Suspend Taxes on Food Imports to Alleviate Hunger

April 27, 2012

Burundi’s government is considering suspending taxes on imported food to alleviate hunger in the East African nation, second Vice President Gervais Rufyikiri told lawmakers today in the capital, Bujumbura.

Labor unions and civil-society groups last month staged a general strike to demand the government reduce the cost of living. Burundian annual inflation accelerated to 24.5 percent in March from 22 percent in February as food prices rose.

Burundi, a coffee and tea-exporter, ranks third-last on the United Nations’ Human Development Index, which measures indicators including education and income, with only Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo below it.

To contact the reporter on this story: Desire Nimubona in Bujumbura via Nairobi at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.


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