Extractive Industries


In 2008 Burundi registered fairly modest production of niobium, tantalum, gold, tin, tungsten and kaolin. It is, nevertheless, the fourth largest producer of tin (1.1%), tungsten (1.1%) and coltan metals (8.3%) in Africa. It was ranked 15th in terms of gold production which fell by 10.5% in 2008 and has seen a steady decline since 2004. Tin and tantalum-niobium production increased 19% and 62.7% respectively but tungsten output declined by 24%. Burundi additionally possesses resources of nickel, uranium, rare earth oxides, peat, cobalt, copper, platinum and vanadium some of which are currently being explored.



Burundi has no upstream petroleum sector.