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Rwanda Looks East As West Slashes Aid

sildenafil http://chopcult.com/wp-content/plugins/testimonials-widget/images/secure.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Rwanda President Paul Kagame was on Tuesday received by China’s Prime Minister, generic Wen Jiabao at his guest house for a courtesy call and discussion on bilateral relations in his hometown of Tianjin.

With over 200 million dollars invested in Rwanda and over 200 jobs created, the Chinese government currently supports Rwanda in infrastructure, health, agriculture, ICT and education sectors.

The bilateral meeting was attended by Rwanda’s Ambassador to China, Francois Ngarambe, Minister of Finance, John Rwangombwa and acting CEO of RDB, Clare Akamanzi. The discussion between the two Heads of States expressed their satisfaction with the current cooperation between nations.

“The two leaders committed to ensuring that the current relationship remains one that is mutually beneficial for both the people of Rwanda and China,” Ambassador Ngarambe explained.

Both leaders pledged to continue strengthening bilateral cooperation with China pledging an additional $25 million in grants and interest free loans.

This comes at a time when the west, led by United States, is slashing aid to Rwanda over Kigali’s alleged involvement in the DRC crisis.

Other countries that have cut or withheld aid include Sweden, Netherland and United Kingdom.

In a clear example of commitment to bilateral cooperation, China committed to removing tariffs for all Rwandan exports beginning in 2013.

Regarding the situation in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Prime Minister also expressed his support for a peaceful process in the region.

China’s cooperation with Rwanda has continuously grown stronger and is likely to increase in the future as China continues to invest in areas that contribute to the economic growth and transformation of Rwanda.

Rwanda has also launched the Agaciro Fund to boost self sustenance efforts and also end the humiliation caused by foreign aid cuts. Rwandans have so far contributed over RWF10bn to the fund.


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