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Burundi has limited infrastructure which also limits accessible local services across the land. More often than not, public facilities and amenities are located in Bujumbura which is the capital city of the country. To improve such unfavourable condition, the international community has also offered financial assistance.

Banking has been a significant sector being directly concerned on economic and monetary stabilization. As the national central bank, the Bank of the Republic of Burundi takes the lead among financial institutions. Other banks include Banque Belgo, Banque Commerciale du Burundi, Caisse Centrale de Cooperation de Economique, and Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank.

Although tourism has accounted only for 3% of the GDP, the Kingdom has interesting natural and cultural destinations. Even hotel and restaurant accommodation services likewise form part of national attractions. Among the number of hotels in Bujumbura, two of which garnered five-star rating such as Hotel Source De Nil and Novotel. Other hotels include Hotel de L’Amitie, Le Doyen Hotel, and Burundi Palace Hotel.

Telecommunications is substantial particularly in a country subdivided by mountains. In the last decade, telecom subscriptions include public telephone lines (80), cellular phone lines (16,300), facsimiles (4,000), and home satellites (400). Also, for every 100 people there are approximately seven radios and three televisions.

Transport sector is still underdeveloped with inadequate highways, waterways, and airways. Transport infrastructures consist of 12,322km roads, one major port, one heliport, and eight airports. Common means of transport varies from land vehicles such as passenger cars and commercial automobiles, water vehicles such as ships and ferry boats, and air transport such as Air Burundi planes.

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