Ambassador Hazza said this during his address at the ‘UAE Nation Day’ ceremony celebrating the foundation of the 7 UAE emirates on December 2nd, 1971. The 7 Emirates include Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras al Khaimah
Ambassador Hazza said that the ‘UAE Nation Day’ is a particularly important day for UAE citizens and administration especially because it is a reminder of the diplomatic relationships the UAE has built over the years with different countries including Rwanda. “Our relations with Rwanda have remarkably improved this year, especially in the tourism, education, commerce and aviation sectors”
He added that the relationship between Rwanda and UAE aims at brainstorming and implementing solutions that will contribute to the development of the two countries.
“I believe that our relationship with Rwanda benefits us all in terms of development and I am committed to keep supporting it to the best of my abilities”
Since the UAE opened its embassy in Kigali in 2018, it is the second time the ‘UAE Nation Day’ ceremony is held in Rwanda. This ceremony gathered government officials including other ambassadors representing their countries in Rwanda.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe who was the guest of honor in this ceremony says the fact that both countries have embassies proves the good relationship between Rwanda and the UAE and that Rwanda has benefited a lot from this relationship especially in commerce.
“Our commercial ties have remarkably improved in the past 5 years given the fact that even our exports to the UAE multiplied by two. We have also opened our embassy in UAE in 2015 in order to facilitate our commercial and political interests. The UAE has also opened its embassy in Rwanda in March, 2018”
In 2018, the two countries exchanged goods with a value of US $750 million. Last month, in partnership with the government of Rwanda, Dubai Ports World, that operates in global supply chain solutions was granted a 25-year concession to develop and operate a new logistics centre in Kigali, Rwanda.
This logistics centre will be named ‘Kigali Logistics Platform’ and will help business owners who struggled in importing goods from Dubai through Mombasa or Dar Es Salaam to cut their costs and purchase them directly from inside the country.