Soon, notarial offices in all the provinces of the country –

Concerning the bill on the ratification by the Government of the Republic of Burundi of the agreement between the Government of the Republic of Burundi and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports and service, the Minister in charge of Communication Léocadie Ndacayisaba stressed that this agreement is motivated by the desire to promote relations of friendship and close cooperation on common interests.

Regarding the interest that Indonesia can arouse in the Burundian economy, the Minister in charge of communication indicated that this country is in the process of reaching a high level of industrialization and that it grants a lot of scholarships. studies in Burundi.

Asked why the agreement between Burundi and Indonesia on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and service passports does not concern the economic operators of the countries, the Minister indicated that the movement of people and goods and related facilities will form part of a subsequent trade agreement between the two countries.

Based on the observation that such agreements are not respected as is the case for Burundian nationals living in South Sudan who are mistreated, the senators recommended to the Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs to ensure this agreement.

The Minister in charge of communication specified that at present, Burundi has already signed visa exemption agreements for holders of diplomatic and service passports with Cameroon, Turkey, Russia, China , Equatorial Guinea Egypt, Morocco, Iran, Brazil, Gabon, Vietnam, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, all EAC countries and Serbia.

With regard to the draft law amending Law No. 1/004 of July 9, 1996 on the organization and functioning of the notariat as well as the status of notary, the Minister in charge of Justice Domine Banyankimbona indicated that the implementation place of this bill responds to the need to improve the notarial service and its proximity to the population to guarantee a good business environment.

The innovations brought about by the bill amending the law on the organization and operation of the notary as well as the status of notary are the extension of the missions of the notary, the opening of the profession to young people by the relaxation of the conditions of access (5 years instead of 10 years of experience), the obligation for notaries to give advice to the parties, the establishment of the civil liability of the notary in the event of professional misconduct, the substitution of the notary who is unable to act, the time limit for replacement, the precision of the bodies of the order of notaries, modern archiving as well as the accounting of the notary.

The draft law specifies that each district of the tribunal de grande instance will have a notarial service in addition to the 10 already in office and that the minimum age for access to the profession of notary is 30 years, while that of termination of office for notaries is 75 years old. The draft law also provides for restrictions on the registration of land rights which is solely the responsibility of the registrars of land titles.

After analyzing the two bills and having had clarifications on their various aspects, the senators adopted them unanimously.

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