Neven Mimica, the commissioner in charge of cooperation at the European Union (EU) has commended Rwanda’s development and asked for continued cooperation with the EU as a development partner.
Mimica made the remarks while paying a courtesy call to President Paul Kagame on Wednesday. Mimica has been in a country during an official regional visit- where he plans to visit neighboring Kenya and Uganda.
This will be the Commissioner’s first visit to these three African countries. During the visit, the Commissioner is expected to outline the EU’s new €1.8 billion Emergency Trust Fund, set up to address the root causes of migration, promote work opportunities in Africa (especially for young people and women in local communities) and counter radicalisation and extremism.
While in Rwanda on September 15, Mimica also commended the agricultural progress in the countryside where he toured some of the terraces that have been constructed as a way of consolidating land to spur agricultural production.
Mimica also took the opportunity to launch the 77.8km Refurbished Kigali-Gatuna road linking the City of Kigali to the Rwanda-Uganda border of Gatuna.
He said the refurbished road is an opportunity for Rwanda to boost business with the rest of the continent. The EU jointly funded the refurbishment of the highway with the Government of Rwanda.
In a related development, Ota Kiyokazi, the new Japanese envoy to Rwanda has pledged a $60-million concessional loan toward the refurbishment of Rusumo-Kayonza road. The loan will be co-financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB)
“Improved road network is important for Rwanda and the region”, Amb. Kiyokazi said