President Kagame holds discussions with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

On 21 January 2020 at 01:27

President Kagame who is in London where he attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 has held discussions with Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace, the Office of the President announced on Twitter, Monday, January 20th, 2020.

Although the topic of the discussion was not announced, it would not be a faux pas saying that the discussion is a promise for better diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Rwanda.

Rwanda having talks with British high officials is not a surprise as it happens a few months before the Commonwealth Heads of States Meeting (CHOGM) which will be held in Kigali starting June 22nd, 2020.

Apart from that, the UK has partnered with Rwanda in various development projects in the past including mining while Rwanda exports agricultural products including tea, coffee, vegetables and fruits to the UK.

Prince William Arthur Philip Louis is a member of the British Royalty and the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He previously met with President Kagame in July 2019 where they agreed about the venue of CHOGM and Prince William promised he would attend the meeting.

All the talks are proof that the UK-Rwanda relations will only get better and it is supported by Ambassador Lomas recent remarks where he said that the Brexit would not in any way affect the relations between Rwanda and the UK but will rather promote them as the UK will be able to negotiate its own trade terms after the Brexit.

It was reiterated by John Rwangombwa, governor of the National Bank of Rwanda as Rwanda listed its first local currency bond on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) worth $40 million during the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020.

In 2011, the UK offered a grant worth €330 million (Rwf 317 billion) for 4 consecutive years. The grant was directed towards education, health, agriculture and improving the livelihoods of Rwandans.

In 2014, the UK offered another grant to Rwanda worth €330 to equally last for 4 years. In 2017, Rwanda and the U signed partnership agreements granting €64 million (Rwf 69 billion) for the 2017/18 National Budget and €62 million (Rwf 67 billion) for the 2018/19 National Budget.

Many institutions from the UK have invested in Rwanda including Unilever which signed a $30 million worth partnership agreement with the Government of Rwanda in 2016. The investment will allow Unilever to manage its industries and tea plantations located in Nyaruguru district, Kibeho and Munini sectors.

In 2015, Piran Resources Ltd invested $22 million in precious stones mining. BBOX has invested in providing off-grid electricity to Rwandan citizens through solar energy and Metalysis UK has recently announced a $16 million investment in Tin Ore mining in Bugesera district.

Prince William also held discussions with other African Heads of States including President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana.

The UK-Africa Investment Summit happens a few weeks after Prince Harry and Princess Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were resigning from royal duties and titles hence leaving Kate and Prince William with more responsibilities including the joint charity they managed together.

President Kagame has held discussions with Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace,
President Kagame attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020