Rwanda Foreign Minister visits Ghana

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda Hon. Dr. Vincent Biruta has  paid courtesy call on Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana in Accra on Monday, November 2,2020.

The  visit aimed at discussing matters concerning the development of the two countries.

During the meeting, the Hon. Ayorkor Botchwey highlighted the longstanding and cordial relations existing between Ghana and Rwanda, which dates back to the 50’s and 60’s.

She understood that the bilateral relations between the two countries reached a significant milestone in January 2020 with the establishment of the High Commission of the Republic of Rwanda in Ghana and appointment of Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira as the first resident High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to Ghana.

Foreign Minister Commended the Government of Rwanda and in particular, her Rwandan counterpart for his presence in Accra to commission the new chancery, inspite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said in her welcome speech that this demonstrates the commitment of Rwanda to elevate relations between our two countries to a new level.

Ayorkor Botchwey called on the business communities in Ghana and Rwanda to take advantage of the vast economic potentials in the two countries and in this regard, highlighted the conducive investment climate prevailing in Ghana as well as the incentive provided under the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Act 2013, Act 865 and encourage the Rwandan Government to urge their businesses to invest in Ghana.

She further mentioned that the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) presents new opportunities to both countries to expand trade relations at the bilateral and continental levels;

Hon Botchwey acknowledged the invaluable support of Rwanda in championing support for Ghana’s successful bid culminating in the hosting of the AfCFTA Secretariat in Accra.

She called on both countries to collaborate as well as support the African Union and other regional groupings to respond decisively to the current threats to peace and security on the African continent such as terrorism, piracy, illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, cybercrimes and human trafficking.

She noted that the General Cooperation Agreement signed during the visit will lay the foundation for the establishment of a Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation between Ghana and Rwanda, among others.

She emphasized Ghana’s desire to work closely with Rwanda to consolidate the existing relations as well as explore further areas of cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two countries.