President Kagame to visit Benin

On 14 April 2023 at 06:25

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame is expected to arrive in Benin for a state visit to deepen the already fruitful ties between the two countries, according to an official statement from the Beninese Presidency.

The visit to begin on 14th April 2023, aims to further strengthen bilateral cooperation, particularly in trade, investment, expertise exchange, tourism, and other sectors.

During his stay, President Kagame will be received by his counterpart of Benin President Patrice Talon, at the Palais de la Marina on April 15. The leaders will engage in a tête-à-tête, followed by a working session with members of both delegations. The meeting will pave the way for the signing of several bilateral agreements, culminating in a joint press briefing.

The communique indicates that the two leaders will likely discuss topics such as the facilitation of free movement of goods and people, air transport between Kigali and Cotonou, the textile industry, and the fight against terrorism during their face-to-face meeting with media representatives.

Rwanda and Benin share a history of strong bilateral relations and have collaborated in various areas, including information and communication technology (ICT), urban development, administration, and air transport, among others. The Benin Presidency highlighted that these agreements have allowed experts from both countries to work together to improve the well-being of their respective populations.

As part of his visit, President Kagame is scheduled to visit the Development Agency of Sèmè City, the International City of Innovation and Knowledge, on April 15. There, he will meet and interact with young entrepreneurs, students, and start-ups, further fostering the exchange of knowledge and ideas between the two nations.

In addition, President Kagame is expected to tour the Place de l’Amazone and the monument at Les Jardins de Mathieu, showcasing the cultural and historical ties between Rwanda and Benin.

This state visit signifies the commitment of both Rwanda and Benin to work together in various fields to promote mutual growth and development.

President Paul Kagame (right) with his counterpart of Benin, Patrice Talon.