Portuguese envoy comes to push for Bugesera airport

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By Kalinda Brenda

Ambassador Afonso Henriques Abreu de Azeredo Malheiro of Portugal presents his credentials to President Kagame

Ambassador Afonso Henriques Abreu de Azeredo Malheiro of Portugal presents his credentials to President Kagame.

The Portuguese envoy to Rwanda has said Rwanda can trust he will help make timely accomplishment of Bugesera International Airport, the biggest venture Rwanda has ever made.

Afonso Henriques Abreu de Azeredo made this statement after presenting credentials to President Paul Kagame to represent Portugal in Rwanda with residence in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

Azeredo said that he looks forward to continue strengthening the partnership with Rwanda starting from the construction of Bugesera International Airport (BIA).

In September, Rwanda signed a contract with Mota-Engil, Engenharia e Construção África, S.A, a Portuguese company to construct Bugesera International Airport (BIA).

The project has so far $418 million of initial investment and is scheduled for completion by December 2018 in its first phase, which will deliver a facility with a capacity to receive 1.7 million passengers every year.

Upon completion of this phase, extension works will be undertaken, to upgrade the capacity to 4.5 million passengers annually. The extension will require additional $ 400 million, bringing the total cost of the project to $818 million.

“I told President Kagame that I am happy and honored to represent Portugal in Rwanda. It is a sign that during my stay I will strengthen the partnership and enhance the relationship of the two countries,” Afonso said.

Other Ambassadors who presented their credentials today include Pekka Juhani Hukka of Finland with residence in Dar es Salaam, Chelva Retnam Rajah representing Singapore with residence in his country, and Dr.Peter Woeste of Germany whose residence will be in Kigali.

Woeste said, “I will focus on boosting trade relationship between our countries.”

Germany and Rwanda have been having good relationship since 1963 and the ambassador said his prime mission is to keep the good spirit.

In the past seven years, Germany established seven projects in Rwanda at $127.4 million and has created more than 420 job opportunities.

The Envoys pledged to work tirelessly towards taking the relationship between their countries and Rwanda to a much higher level.

 

 

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