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Ambassador Rao Hongwei Visits Eastern Province of Rwanda

(From Chinese Embassy in Rwanda)

2019/07/01

H.E. RAO Hongwei, Ambassador of China to Rwanda, visited Rwandan Eastern Province from June 26th to 29th, 2019, During the visit, Ambassador RAO met with the Province Governor and two district mayors, visited Kibungo Hospital, the Chinese medical team and the infrastructure projects under constructed by Chinese companies.

The local government and the people of Eastern Province warmly welcomed Ambassador RAO during the visit. Governor Fred Mufulukye, Mayor Radjab MBONYUMUVUNYI of Rwamagana District and Mayor David Claudian MUSHABE of Nyagatare District expressed sincere thanks to Ambassador RAO for his specific visit to their regions and spoke highly of the outstanding support and help that China had provided to the development of economy and infrastructure of the Eastern Province. After introducing the current development of social economic development with both advantaged and disadvantaged elements, they expressed willingness to strengthen the cooperation in areas of investment, agriculture and tourism and sister city partnership with the Chinese side.

Ambassador RAO said during talks with Eastern Province officials that, with the successful mutual visit and 4 meeting successfully achieved between the two head of states of China and Rwanda in the last 2 years, China-Rwanda relations were currently at the best level in history with pragmatic cooperation in all fields flourishing. At present, the two sides were working closely on the implementation of the two heads of states consensus and the outcomes of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit. Rwandan Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Hon. Uzziel NdagijimanaRwandan was now in China attending the Coordinator's Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the Beijing Summit of FOCAC. The launch of the direct flight from Kigali to Guangzhou days ago would provide more convenience to China-Rwanda people-to-people and cultural exchanges. With rising attentions from both peoples of China and Rwanda to the bilateral relations, China and Rwanda, the first book of Rwandans focusing on China-Rwanda relations and the transformation journey of the two countries, was launched a few days ago in Kigali. Cooperation between local governments should be an important area of China-Rwanda bilateral relations. Eastern Province, endowed with good natural environment and mineral resources, had great development potentiality in areas of agriculture, agro-processing industries, tourism and minerals industry. The Chinese side would encourage more Chinese enterprises to invest here especially in these areas. Ambassador RAO then visited Rwamagana Solar Power Station and Flower Garden Project, both of which are the biggest in production in Rwanda.

In Kibungo Hospital, Ambassador RAO, accompanied by Dr. William NAMANYA, Director of the Hospital, visited each department of the hospital and held close exchanges with the doctors and nurses. He learnt in details about the hospital operation, future development plan as well as the working and living conditions of the Chinese medical team who were working in Kibungo Hospital. Ambassador RAO said, China and Rwanda enjoyed close medical cooperation. Kibungo Hospital is the only level 3 referential hospital in Eastern Province. With high-quality hardware and skills support from the Chinese medical team, the hospital could play more important role in China-Rwanda medical exchanges and cooperation so as to better benefit the local people.

During the visit, Ambassador RAO also made consular inspection tours to the infrastructure projects of road upgrade and hydro-power plant undertook by Chinese Companies of CRBC, STECOL, CGCOC and JWHC, learnt about the project progress and existing challenges. Ambassador RAO encouraged them to promote Chinese brands images with credit and project quality, strengthen work safety, and pay attention to the life and health of staff.

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