The event held at at the Urugwiro Village saw diplomats from several friendly nations, including the United States, Tanzania, and the Netherlands, engaging in fruitful discussions on enhancing bilateral relations.
The distinguished diplomats present at the event included Mr. Eric William Kneedler from the United States, Ms. Joan Jacobje Jantina Wiegman from the Netherlands, and Major General Ramson Godwin Mwaisaka from Tanzania.
All three are based in Kigali. Additionally, Mr. Ruzaimi Bin Mohamad represented Malaysia, Mr. Andrew Onalenna Sesinyi stood for Botswana, Ms. Nicol Adamcová represented the Czech Republic, and Jorge Moragas Sánchez hailed from Spain, with their embassies based in Nairobi.
Eric William Kneedler, the newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Rwanda, expressed gratitude for the strong friendship between the United States and Rwanda, highlighting their successful collaboration in various domains, including trade and investment.
He also mentioned ongoing partnership projects supported by USAID, aimed at bolstering sectors such as education, healthcare, and the economy.
Ambassador Joan Jacobje Jantina Wiegman from the Netherlands reaffirmed her country’s commitment to Rwanda, particularly in the realm of economic cooperation.
She cited successful examples of Dutch companies like Heineken, KLM, Unilever, and Royal DSM, all of which have made significant investments in Rwanda.
The Czech Republic conveyed its eagerness to boost bilateral cooperation, particularly in the mining and advanced technology sectors. In May 2023, Rwanda and the Czech Republic signed an agreement to eliminate double taxation, facilitating trade and encouraging mutual investments.
The Spanish Ambassador discussed cooperation in the agricultural sector and announced a $20 million investment in an irrigation project in Rwanda’s Eastern Province. He also emphasized the importance of promoting the Spanish language in the country.
Among others, the Malaysian Ambassador emphasized the need for stronger economic cooperation, particularly in light of the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The exchange between Kagame and the ambassadors provided a fresh opportunity to strengthen ties between Rwanda and its international partners, with a primary focus on economic cooperation and mutual development.