Members of the Rwanda-China Alumni Organization (RCAO) held their General Assembly at Grand Legacy Hotel on Friday in the capital Kigali.
“We are discussing the way forward,” One of RCAO leaders told Taarifa without disclosing much about the assembly deliberations which seemed more closed to media.
According to RCAO, it is a Non-Governmental, Non-political Organization founded by former graduates from China. The Organization was founded in 2012.
Members of this organization include all those that graduated from China and those that attended training from Chinese Institutions at least for three Months.
Dr. Menelas Nkeshimana (Former Diaspora Representative in Tianjin City, China (2002 – 2008) told Taarifa “the organisation started with only 5 members and has grown to hundreds. RCAO is a registered entity under Rwanda Governance Board.”
The organization says it was founded to deliver five core objectives including; Establishing a strong linkage between Rwanda and Chinese Universities. Improving the Alumni members’ collaboration and information sharing. Improving the Alumni members’ knowledge and education.
Other objectives include; Assisting the community in the improvement of health, education, well-being, and awareness rising, and Promoting, fostering and maintaining links between the Association’s members and The Chinese community in Rwanda.
In 2012 when China introduced The African Talents Program, the following year it offered more than 500 scholarships to Rwandan students in the disciplines of engineering, finance, information and communications technology, medicine and agriculture.
Through this program China has trained an estimated 30,000 African professionals in China between 2013 and 2015 under the guise of speeding up transfer of technology to Africans.