Takako has met with Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vincent Biruta and the Minister of ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire with whom they discussed on various issues of mutual interests.
Rwanda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also revealed that discussions with Dr. Biruta focused on ongoing cooperation projects as well as potential new areas of collaboration.
Rwanda-Japan relations started back in 1962 at the dawn of Rwanda’s independence. Today, the relations have yielded fruitful results and saw both countries opening doors for cooperation in the development of different areas including but not limited to economic development, infrastructure, agriculture and technology among others.
Takako comes in Rwanda to strengthen bilateral ties ahead of the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) to be held in Tunisia in August this year.
The conference is held regularly with the objective "to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners." Japan is a co-host of these conferences.
The multilateral international conference is organized to discuss and deal with issues relating to the development of the African continent. TICAD has been held by the Japanese government in affiliation with the United Nations, the U.N. Development Program (UNDP), the African Union, and the World Bank since 1993.
During her stay in Rwanda, Takako visited Kigali Genocide memorial where she paid tribute to victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi laid there.
She is expected to interact with Rwandans who graduated from Japan and Japan entrepreneurs in Rwanda.