Multinational - Project preparatory study for development of Bujumbura port

Project Summary

Approval Date 14 Oct 2013
Signature Date 13 Dec 2013
Planned Completion Date 31 Oct 2018
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Oct 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21040
Commitment U.A 831,199.3
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Bujumbura Port Development Preparatory Study Project is part of the preparatory activities for the Lake Tanganyika Transport Corridor Development Project. Developing Lake Tanganyika corridor will contribute to enhancing economic growth in Burundi, Zambia as well as in other countries in Southern Africa by facilitating trade. Tanganyika Lake is indeed bordering four countries namely Burundi, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia. Bujumbura Port is located at the northern shore of Lake Tanganyika, while Port of Mpulungu is situated at the southern shore (677-km). It is the largest port in Burundi and on Lake Tanganyika. It not only serves Burundi but also sub-regional countries, but does not have the capacity to provide appropriate transport due to lack of handling equipment and the limited depth of the port basin as a result of flooding and sedimentation. The intervention, object of this support, will focus on the following works: 1) Study of the master plan for the port sector in Burundi; 2) Identification of a project complementary to potential JICA funded projects; 3) Preliminary engineering design; 4) Additional surveys and technical studies; 5) Economic analysis, 6) Financial analysis; 7) Detailed engineering design, including preparation of tender documents for the project; 8) Large scale ESIA in line with the Ministry in charge of the Environment; and 9) Institutional capacity assessment; (10) Technical assistance for the procurement and management of the study; 11) Financial audit.

Project Objectives

The project aims to establish a framework for cooperation between Burundi and Zambia for the development of Lake Tanganyika as a multimodal transport hub, and for the full exploitation of its economic potential. More specifically, it will increase the capacity and efficiency of the two ports (Bujumbura-Mpulungu) and, therefore, improve transport across regional corridors. In addition, the project will promote maritime safety on the lake and cargo handling activities in both ports. Finally, the project will provide a fuel efficient mode of transport along the regional corridors.


The project’s main beneficiaries are the ports of Bujumbura and Mpulungu, Burundi, Zambia and Southern African countries in general.

Participating Organization

NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility
Ministère des Transports, des Travaux Publics et de l’Equipement (MTTPE) / Autorité Maritime, Portuaire et Ferroviaire (AMPF-BURUNDI)


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DD0-013
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


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Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-3.3822 29.3644 Bujumbura