Apr 12th, Home & Abroad News Press’ Chief Editor and Executive Deputy Editor, Mr. Wei Yan and Mr. Hu Shumeng, had exclusive interview with Mr. Ngarambe, the Rwandan ambassador in China about the bilateral relationships between China and Rwanda in the embassy residence.
Ambassador said that Rwanda and China have established good cooperation and exchanges in politics, economy, culture and other areas since founding the diplomatic relationship in 1971. The two countries’ share the same value in the national policies, which is to attach great emphasis on their own people in many aspects including social security, economic development and cultural prosperity. The tow countries concern about people's needs and aim to build and maintain a great foundation for people during the national development progress.
Ambassador also said that there are many Chinese people investing in Rwanda in mining, agriculture and other industries. Here are also many Rwandan merchants doing business in China. China gave great supports to Rwanda in agriculture, health, infrastructure construction and other fields; therefore, the ambassador really appreciated Chinese government for supporting Rwanda.
He continued, Rwanda is a very beautiful country, and the country’s tourism is mainly from its original ecology. Rwanda has uncountable beautiful natural landscapes, rivers, forests. The National Parks have many original wild animals such as giraffes, elephants, gorillas and other animals, which is an open-concept place where visitors can make close contacts with animals in person. Rwanda also has cultural heritages. You may see some original dance performances and musical instruments performances in some areas. To further promote Rwanda’s tourism, we are exploring, building and developing new attractions to get more Chinese people to travel to Rwanda and learn more about Rwanda in the future.
The Republic of Rwanda is a landlocked country, located in the Central Eastern Africa and south of the equator. The United Nations listed it as one of the least developed countries. The country’s main exports include coffee, tea, leather, tin, tungsten, and it also imports fuel, vehicles, machineries, electrical appliances, textiles and such.
Rwanda and China established formal diplomatic relations in 1971. The two countries signed a trade agreement in 1972. Since then, the bilateral trade had developed rapidly and trade volume reached USD $88.67 million in 2010. From 2005, 187 kinds of original Rwanda products are imported to China with zero tariff preferential treatments and the duty-free goods reached more than 60% (about 4721 kinds) till Jan 2010. Chinese enterprises have come to Rwanda to invest and develop business opportunities. As of April 2011, the total investments made by Chinese companies are over $90 million U.S. dollars.