Korea, Rwanda Bolster Development Relations

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stuff geneva;”>A few months ago, cheap several western countries suspended aid to Rwanda over a UN report that accused the tiny country of backing the M23 rebels in DRC. Kigali denies the allegations.

Several officials were quoted as saying the aid suspension would hurt the country’s economic growth and development plans.

Lately, China and Japan promised to offer more aid to Rwanda.

And on February 12, Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo and his Korean counterpart, KIM Sung-Hwan have signed in New York a Framework Agreement for Development Cooperation.

The aim of this agreement is to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries with a focus on social and economic development in Rwanda.

Under the framework, the Korean government will mainly provide training programs to Rwandan nationals in Korea and dispatch experts and volunteers to the Republic of Rwanda for consultations and on-the-spot training.

On its part, Rwanda committed to ensure that the skills and knowledge acquired by its nationals as a result of the training programs will be used to contribute to the economic and social development of the country.

The bilateral cooperation between the two countries has existed since 1963. The Republic of Korea and Rwanda have collaborated in areas ranging from infrastructure, agriculture, health, education, ICT and capacity building.

The Korean government has supported a number of Rwanda’s projects, such as the Integrated Rural Development Project in Kibeho, the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC) campus at Kicukiro and, the building of the ICT School for National University of Rwanda.

The signing ceremony took place on February 12 in the margins of the UN Security Council Open debate on Protection of Civilians, chaired by the Republic of Korea in its capacity as President of the Security Council for February.

Louise Mushikiwabo and KIM Sun-Hwan, representing two non-permanent members of the Security Council, since January 2013, delivered statements on behalf of their respective countries.

Both Republic of Korea and Rwanda are active contributors to international peace and security, especially in the area of UN peacekeeping.

The Republic of Korea is the 10th financial contributor to UN Peacekeeping mission while Rwanda is the 6th largest contributor of UN Peacekeepers.

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