June 24, 2010 / 10:08 AM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX-Burundi holds elections

June 24 (Reuters) - Burundi holds presidential elections on Monday.

Here are some key facts about Burundi:


-- Inflation rose to 7.4 percent year-on-year in April from 6.6 percent a month earlier, driven by housing, water and energy costs, official data showed.

-- Like other east African nations, Burundi suffered from high world fuel and commodity prices in 2008, sending inflation surging to 24.5 percent that year from 8.3 percent in 2007.

-- The International Monetary Fund predicts Burundi's economy will grow by 3.9 percent in 2010, up from 3.5 percent in 2009, partly due to expected strong coffee production. -- Burundi has a largely agricultural economy based on tea and coffee. Burundi in April revised upwards its coffee revenue forecasts for the 2010/11 season mainly due to improved harvest forecasts and better than expected global prices.

-- Burundi's coffee regulator, AFRIC, projects that revenues will increase by 389 percent to around $81.6 million from $16.7 million for the 2009/2010 crop.

-- AFRIC said output will leap to 31,000 tonnes in the 2010- 2011 season, up from a revised 6,381 tonnes the previous season. It had previously forecast 2010/11 crop to come in at 30,000 tonnes. Coffee is Burundi's top hard currency earner and employs 800,000 smallholder farmers.

-- It is the smallest economy of the five-nation East African Community trading bloc.


POPULATION: 8.3 million

ETHNIC GROUPS: Hutu are 86 percent, Tutsi 13 percent, Twa pygmies 1 percent.

RELIGION: Christianity 67 percent, traditional African religions 32 percent, Islam 1 percent.

LANGUAGE: Rundi, Kirundi and French are the official languages. Swahili is used in business settings. GEOGRAPHY: The Republic of Burundi is in the Great Lakes region of Africa on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. It has borders with Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Sources: Reuters; International Monetary Fund: www.imf.org/Alertnet.org

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