Polish President, Andrzej Duda to visit Kibeho Holy Land

By Esther Muhozi
On 5 February 2024 at 10:52

Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, are poised for a three-day working visit to Rwanda. During this visit, President Duda will engage in discussions with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, culminating in the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two nations.

The official announcement from the Polish head of state’s office reveals that President Duda is set to arrive in Kigali on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

He is scheduled for private talks with President Kagame, followed by discussions involving their respective delegations.

While the specifics of the cooperation agreement remain undisclosed, the announcement indicates the signing of such an agreement.

Additionally, President Duda and his wife will pay their respects at the Kigali Genocide Memorial at Gisozi, honoring the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

President Duda’s itinerary includes participation in a forum on Polish investment in Rwanda, where he will address the participants. A visit to the LuNa Smelter factory is also planned, followed by a formal reception hosted by President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame.

On February 8, President Duda will travel to Kibeho to visit the Sanctuary Virgin Mary and the center for visually impaired children, where he will deliver a speech. Subsequently, he is expected to proceed to Tanzania for talks with President Samia Suluhu Hassan on February 8-9.

The enduring diplomatic ties between Rwanda and Poland date back to the 1960s, with mutual visits, discussions, and cooperation agreements occurring since 2003.

Notably, in 2017, Poland appointed its Ambassador to Rwanda, whose responsibilities were later relocated to Tanzania in 2018.

In 2022, Poland announced the opening of its Embassy in Kigali, and during the same year, Rwanda opened its Embassy in Poland, appointing Prof. Shyaka Anastase to represent its interests.

The bilateral relationship between Rwanda and Poland spans various sectors, including education, with approximately 1500 Rwandan students currently studying in Poland. Additionally, diplomatic agreements have been signed in the fields of military cooperation and tax system improvement.

In terms of investment, the Luna Smelter factory, owned by Polish Luma Investment, plays a significant role in processing Cassiterite minerals in Rwanda.

A Polish-Rwanda Business Forum held in December 2022 attracted around 150 investment companies from both nations, fostering economic collaboration between the two countries.

Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife is set to embark on a three-day working visit to Rwanda.