Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Rwanda in July – this will be a major step in taking the four-decade cooperation of the two countries to a higher and next level.
The government of Rwanda has been carefully but quietly preparing for President Jinping visit.
China is a key player in Rwanda’s reconstruction especially in infrastructure and development projects.
Last year in March, President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeanette Kagame flew to Beijing for a two-day visit.
“Our two countries must continue to work side by side for the benefit of our people. You are a highly respected statesman in Africa, your country has made great strides in economic and social development and we would like to see greater strides in economic development throughout the continent,” he said then.
“China will continue to uphold the principles of sincerity, affinity, good faith and real results as we chart the course of our two countries and the wider African continent, because the world belongs to us all,” President Xi added.
After Kagames visit in China, the cooperation between the two countries shot to a new level as several special envoys and other senior officials from both sides flew to both capitals for high level engagements and what would climax into the return visit by President Jinping to Kigali.
For example On August 20, 2017, President Jinping sent to Kigali his special envoy Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Liu Xiaofeng.
Liu Xiaofeng presented a message stating that china was willing to make joint efforts with Rwanda to further enhance political mutual trust, expand economic and trade cooperation.
The Chinese want to deeply consolidate friendship between the two peoples, and transfer China-Rwanda friendship into outcomes that benefit the two peoples on the basis of the consensus between the two heads of state, so as to achieve mutual benefit, win-win results and common development.
According to Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda registered 45 Chinese investments between 2010 – 2016 mostly in domains of manufacturing, accommodation and real estate, mining among others.