CAR President,Touadéra to visit Rwanda

On 4 August 2021 at 02:49

The President of Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin-Archange Touadéra is expected to visit Rwanda on Thursday 5th August 2021.

According to sources, both countries will sign cooperation agreements during his visit to Rwanda aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and cooperation in the areas of security and investment.

Kagame previously met with Touadéra in April this year as they attended the second regional meeting on the political and security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) in Angola.

In 2019, Kagame held one-day state visit to CAR which was concluded with the signing of agreements focusing on defense, oil, investment promotion, mining and oil and established a joint commission, which organizes regular meetings between delegates from both countries.

While in Bangui, Kagame attended a State Luncheon hosted in his honor by President Touadéra, where he was awarded the highest decoration "Grand Croix de la Reconnaissance" and a symbolic key to the City of Bangui as the city’s honorary resident.

Kagame welcomed the award and commended the signing of bilateral agreements noting that it was an indication of a new chapter in bilateral ties between the two countries.

Rwanda and CAR have been for long enjoying cordial relations whereby Rwanda is helping the country engulfed by wars to restore peace. Rwandan troops have been deployed to CAR peacekeeping mission since 2014.

On 20th December 2020, Rwanda deployed more special forces to CAR under existing bilateral cooperation signed in 2019.

Ahead of Touadéra’s visit, Rwanda started the deployment of an additional Infantry Battalion of 750 military personnel on Tuesday 3rd August 2021 to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

CAR covers a land area of about 620,000 square kilometres and has an estimated population of around 4.7 million. As of 2020, the country was the scene of a civil war, ongoing since 2012.

The Central African Republic’s economy is based primarily on subsistence agriculture, with important mining and timber industries the main source of export earnings.

Diamonds are the country’s most profitable export, while agriculture occupies most of its working population.

Farmers grow cotton, coffee, and tobacco for export and crops for local markets, but economic development is handicapped by the CAR’s landlocked position, limited infrastructure, and the low education of its work-force. Poor government management and political instability have further weakened the CAR’s economic condition.

The informal sector is important in the CAR, accounting for most economic activity and a large share of the diamond trade.

CAR has had a turbulent economic history. Since gaining independence in 1960, the economy has endured intermittent periods of economic decline caused in part by poor management.