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United Kingdom Minister for International Trade spoke with Hon. Minister Soraya, today.

Kigali-June 30, 2020- Today, Hon. Minister Soraya Hakuziyaremye had a meeting with Hon. Ranil Jayawardena , UK Minister for International Trade. This call was in her capacity as both Minister for Trade and Industry, but also as a chair of the EAC Sectoral Committee on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment.

The UK and Rwanda enjoy excellent bilateral relations. The UK is not only a committed development partner of Rwanda, but is also dedicated to strengthening the commercial links between the two countries by encouraging and supporting British business trade and investment in Rwanda.

In 2017, the Government of Rwanda and the UK through the Department for International Development (DFID) signed a Development Partnership Agreement for 2 years’ worth £126million. The Development Partnership Agreement (DPA) reaffirmed the long term development partnership and sets out the shared and individual commitments made by the two Governments and provides a transparent framework for accountability between the two Governments and its people.

In 2018, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the London-based soccer team, Arsenal Football Club, announced an unprecedented deal that Rwanda would become the official tourism partner of the premier league club. The three-year deal will, among other things, highlights Rwanda’s tourism offerings such as national parks, which are growing destinations to global tourists due to increased diversity of game they offer.

 

In 2021, Rwanda will host the next Commonwealth Head of Government Summit which is also a way of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

In January 2020, the UK foreign and commonwealth office engaged the East African Secretariat regarding establishing a trade arrangement with the EAC partner states. This agreement would be building on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

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