On Tuesday afternoon, Kigali time, President Kagame alongside other African leaders participated in a roundtable discussion on China- Africa cooperation, chaired by President Xi Jinping.
President Kagame congratulated President Cyril Ramaphosa for a job well done during the tenure of his Co-Chairmanship.
He also also congratulate Senegal’s President Macky Sall as incoming Co-Chair and said that he looking forward to working with both Co-Chairs going forward.
Kagame said that, “Yesterday’s opening events left us not only with a mood of friendship and open-heartedness but also with a clear view of the substance behind today’s deliberations and indeed the next three years of cooperation.”
Kagame is attending the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
He said that both the Summit Declaration and the Beijing Action Plan capture the key issues and provide a roadmap for next steps. “Rwanda supports the adoption of these texts and strongly endorses the vision of a “community with a shared future.”
Among the agreed deals, the Chinese president announced an extra $60bn loan package for Africa in addition to the existing funds from Beijing.
“On this note I wish to thank the People’s Republic of China and you President Xi Jinping, for the continued support my country has received in its development efforts,” Kagame, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union, said.
He concluded that, “If we remain guided by the spirit of the 2018 Beijing Summit, I have no doubt that we will have even more good results to celebrate at our next gathering in Africa.”
African leaders agreed that their focus now is continuous engagement and attention from leaders at the highest level in between Summits.
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