Burundian legislators have approved the nation’s budget for 2011 that calls for a 19 percent increase in spending, the bulk of which will target agricultural investments, Bloomberg reports. Burundi’s spending next year will grow to 1.03 trillion Burundian francs (USD835 million), up from 863.1 billion francs in 2009, according to finance minister Clotilde Nizigama. Development aid is likely to rise 31 percent to 469.1 billion francs in 2011, the minister added.
Meantime, the United Nations has opened a smaller office in the African nation after U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon lauded Burundi’s gains in promoting peace and addressing political violence. The new office will be staffed by 60 personnel, down from 450, and led by Karin Landgren, the current U.N. representative in Nepal, Agence France-Presse reports.