The Chinese ambassador to Rwanda, Rao Hongwei, has lauded the Rwandan people for their desire to work for growth through increased cooperation, which he experienced first-hand during a recent tour of the country.
Addressing attendants at the celebration of the 68th Chinese National Day on Wednesday at the Chinese Embassy in Kigali, Rao said that the kind of attitude is a pre-condition for taking the China-Rwanda relations to greater heights.
“Wherever I went, I always met with Rwandan people from different sectors, who have high expectation for the cooperation with China and a strong desire to see it grow. I believe that is the fundamental vitality pushing China-Rwanda relations forward,” he observed.
The envoy further expressed his gratitude to Presidents Xi Jinping and Paul Kagame for cementing the China-Rwanda relations and helping the two nations to pursue new opportunities in health, education, security, and ICT, among others.
“Last March, President Kagame paid a successful visit to China and had a fruitful meeting with Presidents Xi. The two Heads of State heralded our comprehensive partnership for the future. Ever since, the China-Rwanda relationship has embarked on a fast track blessed with new opportunities,” Rao noted. “Frequent high level interactions and growing mutual trust show the strong political guidance for our relationship. The Rwanda Patriotic Front and the Communist Party of China keep frequent exchanges on the governance and development issues.”
The ambassador is optimistic that the ongoing urban road upgrading and agriculture training, among other projects, will improve Rwanda’s social and economic development, stressing that past years have seen robust Chinese investment in Rwanda
“China-Rwanda practical cooperation is yielding rich fruits. China has remained Rwanda's largest ICT equipment provider and important trading partner. Cooperative projects like Kigali urban road upgrading and agriculture training, go on smoothly and will improve Rwanda’s social and economic development. We also witnessed an unprecedented increase of Chinese investment in Rwanda these years,” he noted.
China is also increasingly becoming a preferred education destination for Rwandans; this year alone, about 500 Rwandan students have left for China, and another 175 have received professional training in the country.
Rao pledged more cooperation between the two countries.