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Ambassador Rao Hongwei Visited Southern Province of Rwanda

(From Chinese Embassy in Rwanda)

2019/08/19

H. E. RAO Hongwei, Ambassador of China to Rwanda, visited Rwandan Southern Province from August 14th to 16th, 2019. During the visit, Ambassador Rao met with the Governor of Sounthern Province and the Mayor of Huye, visited Ethnographic Museum, the Chinese Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centre and the China-funded Huye-Kibeho-Munini Road Upgrading Project.

Governor Emmanuel GASANA, Mayor Ange SEBUTEGE warmly welcomed Ambassador RAO for his specific visit to their regions and expressed their appreciation to the Ambassador for his sincere willingness and pragmatic style of work in promoting China-Rwanda bilateral cooperation. They introduced the present social economy development, potentials and the future plan of the Southern Province and expressed their strong willingness to enhance the cooperation and exchanges with Chinese local governments.

Ambassador RAO said during talks with Southern 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. Cooperation between local governments was an important area to deepen and broaden the China-Rwanda bilateral relations. Southern Province, endowed with good natural environment and profound historic and cultural heritage, had great development potentiality in areas of agriculture, tourism and industrial park construction. The Chinese Embassy was willing to work together with the Southern Province, by making full use of the more frequent visits of Chinese local governments delegations to Rwanda, to enhance the win-win cooperation.

During the visit, Ambassador RAO and his delegation made efforts to get a better understanding of the natural conditions, history and culture, rural development and religious influence in the Southern Province through introduction from major local projects and exchanges with common people. Ambassador RAO also made inspection tours to the China-aid Agricultural Technology Demonstration Center and the China-funded Huye-Kibeho-Munini Road Upgrading Project, learnt about the projects progress and future work plan. Ambassador RAO encouraged them to promote Chinese brands images with project quality, strengthen work safety, and keep healthy.

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