China and Rwanda to strengthen mutual trust, says Ambassador Rao Hongwei

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The new Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda Mr Rao Hongwei who presented the Letter of Credence to H. E. President Paul Kagame on April on April 13th, to begin an important experience in his diplomatic career has said that China and Rwanda are enjoying political mutual trust.

While addressing the members of the diplomatic core and important guests during a reception to mark his assumption of office on Wednesday at the Chinese Embassy in Kigali, Ambassador Rao Hongwei said that even if he has just been in Rwanda for two months, he was deeply impressed by Rwanda’s great achievement in social and economic development.

“We are now standing at a fresh start in China-Rwanda relations. Before I presented my credentials to H. E. President Kagame, I had the privilege to receive President Kagame on his significant visit to China last month. During this landmark visit, I witnessed the strong and shared commitment of our two heads of state to further advancing bilateral relations.

“Just as the Chinese President XI Jinping told President Kagame during the meeting in Beijing, the development of China-Rwanda relations is facing historic opportunities. We two sides should innovate on ways to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation.

“A rapidly developing China-Rwanda relationship will greatly benefit both of our peoples and promote our common development. As the new Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, I am deeply aware of my lofty mission and solemn responsibilities.”

Amb Rao further revealed that he will do his utmost to fulfil his duties. Through the joint efforts with the Rwandan side, he promised that they will implement the important consensus reached by our state leaders, boost China-Rwanda mutual trust, and facilitate all-round cooperation, and increase understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana the Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) also said that Rwanda will continue to strengthen the mutual relations with Chinese government through bilateral cooperation in different sectors.

This is the first time for H.E Amb Rao Hongwei to work in Africa, but Africa and China-Africa relationship are not strange to him as he added. As members of developing countries, China and Africa have always been sharing weal and woe.

In 2016, despite a sluggish world economy, China recorded a 6.7% growth in GDP, which was among the fastest in the world, and contributed to more than 30% of global growth.

In the coming five years, the populous nation in East Asia is expected to import 8 trillion USDs worth of goods and make 750 billion USDs in outbound investment.

Chinese people not only aspire for good living for themselves, but also hope people around the world have decent life too. They believe in interdependence and a community of shared future for humankind.

It is believed that China’s development will create huge opportunities for African countries, including Rwanda. Following this view, China has promised to continue to implementing the ten cooperation plans proposed by President XI Jinping during the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit.

Mr Rao Hongwei added that China will support African countries’ efforts of accelerating industrialization and agricultural modernization, and participate more actively in Africa’s peace and security programs.

For the past 46 years of diplomatic ties, China and Rwanda have been enjoying political mutual trust, China is the global hub for manufacturing, and it is the largest manufacturing economy in the world as well as the largest exporter of goods in the world.

China is Rwanda’s biggest export market, the third largest source of imports, and the number four trading partner.

By 2016, China’s non-financial direct investment in Rwanda reached over 100 million USDs, covering digital television and garment manufacture, creating thousands of jobs for local people.

A number of aid projects have been completed and brought concrete benefits to the local development, while many other projects such as the office complex, Kigali urban road upgrading, are going on efficiently.


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