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Kagame commends China, invites tourists to visit Rwanda

By Théophile Niyitegeka
On 27 September 2021 at 08:45

President Paul Kagame has commended the contribution of China to the development of Rwanda, the African continent and invited Chinese tourists to visit Rwanda to experience the country’s excitement of unique wildlife and warm African hospitality.

Kagame extended the invitation on Sunday 26th September 2021 at the launch of China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo.

The biennial event is organized by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the Hunan Provincial People’s Government.

Speaking at the launch of the expo, Kagame said that the platform deepens cooperation between Africa and China with the assistance of President Xi Jinping.

He revealed that Rwanda and Africa have started benefiting from the expo in consideration of secured business opportunities.

“We have already seen the value of this event. At the first expo in 2019, Rwandan companies secured rewarding trade deals, notably in the supply of specialty agricultural commodities to the Chinese market,” he said.

“This success has served to raise the ambition of our agribusiness sector even higher, and we appreciate the positive response by the Chinese consumers to Rwanda’s high quality chili, tea and coffee,” added Kagame.

The President also emphasized that the expo has coincided with 50 years anniversary of diplomatic ties between Rwanda and China.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between Rwanda and the People’s Republic of China. Our firm intention is to deepen our relationship even further in the next half century of cooperation,” he said.

Kagame thanked organizers of the expo and invited Chinese to visit Rwanda.

“I wish to take this opportunity to commend the hosts of this year’s Expo: the leadership and the people of Hunan Province. The City of Kigali and Hunan Province are exploring mutually beneficial economic and educational cooperation, and we look forward to working with you,” he said.

“I wish to inform you that Rwanda grants a visa on arrival to all Chinese citizens. So, allow me to extend a sincere invitation to Chinese tourists to visit Rwanda and experience the excitement of unique wildlife and warm African hospitality,” added Kagame.

The President also commended Xi Jinping for the solidarity and support to the continent and Rwanda during COVID-19.

“ I wish to close with a word of thanks and appreciation to President Xi Jinping for the various forms of solidarity and practical assistance that China has extended to Rwanda and Africa in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. These actions testify the strength of friendship between Africa and China, and the importance of always striving to further improve our performance in joint endeavors, “he said.

The four-day event, online and offline, themed "New Start, New Opportunities, and New Accomplishments," has attracted nearly 900 enterprises from nearly 40 African countries and China, according to the organizers.

The expo features exhibitions of the fruits of China-African economic cooperation, African brand commodities and specialty products such as coffee and nuts, with forums on cooperation in areas such as food and agricultural products, healthcare industry, financing, infrastructure and the private sector.

The event has a total exhibition area of 94,000 square meters this year. Algeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Senegal are the guest countries of honor.

First launched in 2019, the expo is a major platform for strengthening economic and trade cooperation between China and African countries.

President Paul Kagame has revealed that Rwanda and Africa have started benefiting from the expo in consideration of secured business opportunities.

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