KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov arrived on
Sunday morning in the Rwandan capital Kigali for one day
official visit, intended to strengthen the bilateral relations
between the two countries.
Russia and Rwanda
are looking forward to further boosting bilateral cooperation in
areas that support the economic development of Rwanda, said
Lavrov at a news conference shortly after meeting with his
Rwandan counterpart Louise Mushikiwabo.
“We see great
advances in trade and economic cooperation between Russia and
Rwanda. We are planning closer bilateral cooperation in areas of
mining, agriculture, medicine, defence, ICTs and education and
training,” he said.
Russia sees Africa
as an “important cornerstone” in the formation of the new world
order, said the minister, adding that the two sides have decided
to continue cooperating closely with UN, and help resolve
conflicts on the African continent.
“Rwanda wishes to
collaborate more with Russia, especially in fostering peace and
security on the African continent,” said Mushikiwabo.
Russia could play a
crucial role particularly in peacekeeping in Africa, she said.
During his visit,
Lavrov visited Kigali Genocide Memorial Center to honor the
victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, and also held a
bilateral meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the
office of the president.
This year marks the
55th anniversary of bilateral relations between
Rwanda and Russia.
collaborates with Russia in the fields of education and
training, military and defence, ICTs and mining, according to
the Rwandan foreign ministry.
About 800 Rwandan
students have graduated from Russian universities over the last
50 years in various disciplines including law, medicine,
international affairs and political science, figures from the
Rwandan embassy in Russia show.
follows Lavrov’s five African countries tour in March.
Russia, Rwanda discuss air
defense system supplies
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Russia and Rwanda are discussing the supplies of
air defense systems as part of bilateral military-technical
cooperation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday.
Lavrov made the
remarks during a joint press conference following talks with his
Rwandan counterpart Louise Mushikiwabo in the African country’s
capital of Kigali, according to a press release of the Russian
“We have really good
cooperation in the military-technical sphere,” Lavrov said,
recalling that Rwanda is using Russian helicopters, vehicles and
Last year, Russia
and Rwanda set up an intergovernmental commission for
military-technical cooperation and held their first meeting in
Kigali in 2017.
The second meeting
is planned for the autumn of this year in Moscow, Lavrov said.
Rwandans march against plastic
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Hundreds of Rwandans on Sunday marched in the
capital city of Kigali to encourage the public to join the
effort to address plastic pollution.
The march, organized
by the ministry of environment through the Rwanda Environment
Management Authority (REMA) is part of activities of the 2018
national environment week and World Environment Day due on June
The “Beat Plastic
Pollution Walk” offered a great opportunity to demonstrate
Rwanda’s commitment to improving health and environment by
ending the use of single-use plastics and addressing plastic
waste, said REMA director general Coletha Ruhamya at the event.
Rwandans to reject using single-use plastics including plastic
straws, cups, plates and bottles, and find sustainable
Rwanda on May 29
launched the national environment week featuring different
awareness activities aimed at addressing plastic pollution, such
as countrywide inspection of the illegal use of plastic bags and
exhibition on plastic recycling.
The event will be
concluded on June 5 on World Environment Day.
For more than a
decade, Rwanda has raised awareness about the benefits of life
without plastic bags to maintain a clean and healthy
In 2008, the
landlocked country passed a law banning importation and use of
polythene bags, which also stipulates heavy penalties for their
use or smuggling them into the country.
REMA now encourages
Rwandans to live without disposable plastics to make the world a
better place for today and future generations.