President Kagame receives Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe

By Théophile Niyitegeka
On 15 July 2023 at 09:29

President Paul Kagame has received Patrice Trovoada, the Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe who is in Rwanda for a working visit to strengthen existing bilateral relations in sectors of mutual interest including trade and investment.

Rwanda’s Presidency has revealed that Kagame hosted Trovoada on 14th July 2023.

In 2017, São Tomé et Príncipe and Rwanda signed cooperation agreements in various sectors including tourism, security and air transport.

Trovoada comes to Rwanda, after a delegation from São Tomé and Príncipe led by the Minister of Justice, Internal Administration and Human Rights, Dr. Cilcio Bandeira dos Santos also held a visit to the country in May last year, during which they held talks with the management of Rwanda Forensic Laboratory.

At the time, Dr. Cilcio Bandeira dos Santos and his delegation visited Rwanda Forensic Laboratory on 23rd May 2022 where they were received by the Acting Director General, Dr. Justin Kabera who took the delegation through activities of the laboratory.

Following discussions between both parties, the visiting delegation toured different sections of the laboratory including forensic pathology and fingerprint analysis unit among others.

Speaking to IGIHE after touring the facilities, the Chief Cabinet of Minister of Justice, Internal Administration and Human Rights in São Tomé and Príncipe, Eloisa Cabinda revealed that they learnt a lot from Rwanda’s practices to be emulated at home.

“We came here to learn from Rwanda. There are different ways of using technology in the judiciary and we want to emulate it in our country. We will assess how to adopt it as we go back home,” she said.

Eloisa Cabinda disclosed that his country mulled sending a delegation of analysts from his country to learn from Rwanda’s practices or request Rwanda to send a team to São Tomé and Príncipe to train them at home.

“We want to emulate what we have witnessed here as we get back home. If needs be, we will send our staff here to learn before implementation,” she said.

President Kagame has received the Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe at Urugwiro Village.
Discussions between President Kagame and Trovoada were attended by other top officials from both countries.