By Elias Hakizimana
The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Rwanda H.E Rao Hongwei said that China is speeding up the cooperation between two governments to bring two peoples closer to each other through various developmental initiatives.
Hongwei was speaking last night at the Embassy in Kigali during the celebration of the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
He said that China-Rwanda relations are ahead and he recognized a successful visit of H.E Paul Kagame to China last March and a fruitful meeting he held with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“The two Heads of State heralded our comprehensive partnership for the future. Ever since then, the China-Rwanda relationship has embarked on a fast track blessed with new opportunities.”Hongwei noted.
“Frequent high level interactions and growing mutual trust show the strong political guidance for our relationship. Rwanda Patriotic Front and the Communist Party of China keep frequent exchanges on the governance and development issues.” He added.
Hongwei also said that China-Rwanda practical cooperation is yielding rich fruits and that China has stayed as Rwanda’s largest ICT equipment provider and important trading partner.
He noted that cooperative projects like Kigali urban road upgrading and agriculture training are moving smoothly and will improve Rwanda’s social and economic development.
Promising further partnership
“We also witnessed an unprecedented increase of Chinese investment in Rwanda these years. With concerted efforts, we set a series of records in being the “first” this year. For example, Chinese and Rwandan National Police initiated cooperation in capacity building, personnel and technology training.” Hongwei said.
Among other achievements by Chinese Embassy in Rwanda, Education was not left behind where Jinhua Polytechnic established Chinese Language Learning Center and Technical Skills Development Center at Musanze Polytechnic.
In coming years, Northern Province and Guangxi Autonomous Region will establish the first relationship of sister provinces between China and Rwanda, according to Hongwei.
“We are speeding up visa-related and other facilitation to bring our two peoples closer to each other. China-Rwanda cultural and people-to-people exchanges are also flourishing in education, science and technology, health, academy and media.” Hongwei said.
He said that Chinese language, food and Kongfu are getting more and more popular among Rwandan people.
This year, about 500 Rwandan students will go to China for studies, 175 Rwandans will receive various professional training in China.
“The list can go on and on. I’m sure it has opened “a window of good opportunities” for our diversified cooperation. The Chinese and Rwandan governments and people will further strengthen cooperation and promote our partnership to a higher level, achieving win-win and inclusive progress.” Hongwei said.
China’s social economic growth and contribution to the world
Hongwei said that the Chinese government and people have been committed to reform and opening up and embarked on the successful path of becoming a united, strong, democratic and dynamic country under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.
“Over the past 68 years, particularly since the reform and opening up almost 40 years ago, China has made remarkable achievements in its development, with the livelihood of the Chinese people significantly improved.” Hongwei said.
He added “China has lifted over 700 million Chinese out of poverty and contributed 70% to the UN Millennium Development Goal on poverty reduction, creating a miracle in the world development history. In China, every child can enjoy free compulsory education and every citizen is basically covered by medical insurance.”
According to Hongwei, China has for many years contributed over 30% of the world growth and been an important engine for global economy. “China now is the world’s second largest economy and the largest trading partner of more than 120 countries and regions. Chinese currency RMB is formally included in the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights Basket.” Hongwei noted.
Today, China is more than a “factory of world”. China also leads the world in many areas like manned spaceflights, supercomputer, artificial intelligence, renewable energy, electronic commerce and high-speed railway.
In the middle of this year, China’s growth moved at 6.9% of the economy, with the added value of the service sector accounted for 54.1% of GDP and created 7.35 million urban jobs.