Burundi

“RADIO is the most popular medium in Burundi”

How would you define e-content in Burundi?
E-Content in Burundi almost does not exist. We can only find some web sites and the large majority of them are not really interactive.

“The biggest initiative, which influenced the development of e-content in Burundi is the creation of Base International in 2001, essentially a private company offering web services”


What’s the status of e-content in Burundi?

What I can say is, that e-content in Burundi is at its very early stage. There are very few web sites that exist, and they are largely known. In addition, some ICT applications can be found being used and created for the use across corporate businesses, for the efficiency of the businesses. In other words, enterprise computing is common to find, but a common Burundian is far away from the concept of e-content. Perhaps, a common Burundian does not even know this word called e-content.


Which area of e-content (e-health, e-biz, e-culture, e-government, e-entertainment, e-learning, e-science and e-inclusion) is best developed in Burundi?


The most developed area in Burundi for e-content is e-biz, which in other words is better known as enterprise wise e-management applications. That means the applications made in order to manage some enterprises. There are some initiatives in e-inclusion as well, where people can learn office software. But all the other domains are almost non-existent.

Which sector (business, private sector, government or civil society) in Burundi is advance in developing e-content?

Business and private sector is the most aggresive in developing e-content. The second sector will be the civil society.

How would you describe the gradual process of development of e-content in Burundi?

The progress of development of e-content in Burundi is extremely slow. If you look at the timeliness: in 1997, first Internet Service Provider (ISP) was set up by the name of CBINET (www.cbinf.com). In 2000, second ISP was setup, know as USAN (www.usan-bu.net). In 2001, Base International, a private startup web services was setup (www.baseint.net).

What major initiatives have influenced the development of e-content in Burundi?

The biggest initiatives, which influenced the development of e-content in Burundi is the creation of Base International in 2001, essentially a private company offering web services..

What major initiatives have influenced the development of e-content in Burundi?

The biggest initiatives, which influenced the development of e-content in Burundi is the creation of Base International in 2001, essentially a private company offering web services.

What are the major bottlenecks in the path of e-content development in Burundi?

The major bottlenecks in the path of development of e-content are:
–The lack of computer trainings in majority of schools in Burundi.
–The high cost of computers in Burundi, due to the taxes applied on the computing equipments;
–The lack of basic infrastructures like electricity and telephone lines.

How would you describe the ICT scenario in Burundi in terms of infrastructure, penetration and policies?

In Burundi, the biggest problem is that people are not informed on the importance of ICT. In addition of this, the ICT infrastructures are very few. Even if someone develops an individual initiative, he does not get any sustenance. Developing basic infrastructures like electricity, telephone lines, Introducing computer trainings in schools, Abolishing all taxes on material and computer services, setting up a campaign.about ICT across the country.

What is the future of e-content in Burundi?

In order to quickly develop e-content in Burundi, computer trainings must be introduced in schools of Burundi. The bandwidth of internet connection must be enlarged in addition of the installation of new phone lines and electricity in all the parts of Burundi.

Which is the most preferred medium for e-content production in Burundi?

RADIO is the most popular medium in Burundi.

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