Ms. Ezekwesili told reporters at the airport, shortly after being welcomed into the country by Burundi’s Second Vice President Gervais Rufvikiri.
Burundi is the second stop on a four-nation trip the first leg of which ended Thursday in neighboring Rwanda, and will continue next week with two more stops in Botswana and Lesotho.
Ms. Ezekwesili said she was “delighted to be visiting Burundi for the first time”.
She stressed the importance and relevance of poverty reduction in a country like Burundi, which recently emerged from years of armed conflict and economic isolation, and can take advantage of its recent admission into the East African Community to transform – thanks to regional integration - from a land-locked into a “land-linked” country.
The World Bank, she said, is using the opportunity of her visit to deepen the partnership with the government and the people of Burundi, striving collaboratively with them “to see how Burundi can grow and reduce poverty”.