Rwanda, Netherlands fortify bilateral relations

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Louise Mushikiwabo (in red coat) poses with Dutch and Rwandan officials; second from right is Rwanda’s Ambassador to the Netherlands: Amb. Jean Pierre Karabaranga

Louise Mushikiwabo (in red coat) poses with Dutch and Rwandan officials; second from right is Rwanda’s Ambassador to the Netherlands: Amb. Jean Pierre Karabaranga

 Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Louise Mushikiwabo and the standing committees of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and International Cooperation of the Dutch Parliament are reinforcing the exiting relations between the two countries.

Mushikiwabo was on a two-day working visit to the Kingdom of The Netherlands, which aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

The standing committees said that they intend to visit Rwanda in August 2015; the visit is expected to enable the committee members to get first-hand information and witness the progress made as a result of the bilateral relations.

Rwandan Minister for Foreign Affairs met with her Netherlands counterpart, Lilianne Ploumen, to discuss European Union (EU)-Africa relations, migration as well as the need for continued collaboration between EU-African Union (AU).

Both ministers stressed that there is a need to improve the relationship between Europe and Africa and Minister Louise Mushikiwabo emphasized the need for having a genuine and serious dialogue on how Europe should collaborate with Africa based on mutual respect.

This comes at a time when Rwanda and Netherlands are now exploring ways in which development aid can complement with private sector investments.

In 2014, a group of 30 Dutch business personalities led by their Minister of Foreign affairs and development cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen visited Rwanda on a trade mission to assess investment opportunities in various sectors.

The Dutch investor expressed specifically interests of investment in areas such as agriculture, logistics and ICT is seen as an opportunity to further develop these sectors but also bring substantial returns to investors.

Both countries have built a good bilateral relation over the years and recently the Netherlands handed over two grants- over € 5 million (approximately Rwf4.3 billion) to improve access to reliable and cost effective electricity services

The other was of € 20million (approx. Rwf17.3 billion) from the Kingdom of the Netherlands as part of support in areas of reconciliation, law and order and promoting the culture of peace

Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs minister also met several dignitaries, including ministers, parliamentarians and scholars and made a short visit to Koffiebranderij Boon, a specialty coffee roaster that roasts Rwanda coffee beans from Rushashi located in Rulindo District.

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