Rwanda and China have signed 15 agreements in various sectors in an event that was witnessed by the President of China Xi Jinping and President Paul Kagame.
The signing event took place Monday in Kigali as Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame received President Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan at Urugwiro village for bilateral talks.
The signed agreements include visa waiver for diplomatic and service passports holders and the implementation plan for 2018-2020 under the agreement of culture and scientific cooperation.
The two countries also signed the agreement on strengthening cooperation in investment and the memorandum of understanding on e-commerce cooperation.
Rwanda and China also signed among others the agreement relating to civil air transport, agreement on law enforcement cooperation and memorandum of understanding on human resource development cooperation.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Kagame said that Rwanda appreciates the contribution of China to her development and that of Africa in many areas that are important to citizens.
“We look forward to building more partnerships and gaining from China’s experience and capacity in many fields,” he said.
Speaking in a joint press conference, Kagame said he was happy to witness the signing ceremony and commitment in many bilateral agreements between China and Rwanda.
“I look forward to more cooperation and deepening of our bilateral relationships in different field of development, working together not only bilaterally but also on the global scene and supporting cooperation between China and Africa. The signing of bilateral agreements speaks for itself for what is possible between our two countries and between China and the continent of Africa,” Kagame reiterated.
Speaking to the press, Jinping praised Rwanda’s security and stability.
“This is my first overseas trip since my election and Rwanda is an important stop. I have seen a vibrant and well-organised country that is making good progress in development. I wish to extend to President Kagame and people of Rwanda our heartfelt congratulations,” he said.
“I am here this time with the aim to consolidate traditional friendship between China and Rwanda and to work to plan for the future of our bilateral relations and dynamic relations between China and Africa and to see together how our beneficial cooperation can yield more fruits and our people have more gains,” he added.
He said that the signed agreements come to take shared oriented cooperation to higher level.
Jinping said that he and Kagame see important opportunities in strengthening further their cooperation.
“We must look at the angle of bilateral relationship, continuing to build political mutual trust and firmly supporting each other in continuing along the path that feats our respective nationals’ realities and continue to support each other’s core interests and major concerns,” he added.
Jinping emphasized the need to strengthening and expanding cooperation in culture, education, healthcare and human resource development among other areas.
Jinping who arrived in Rwanda yesterday will among other activities visit Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to honour the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi laid to rest there.
He will also meet Chinese community in Rwanda.
Over the last 12 years, according to the Government of Rwanda, 61 investment projects and joint ventures worth US$ 419.556 million have been registered from China. The actual investments are estimated at US$352.581 million in tourism, mining and construction sectors.
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