Rwanda and Spain held discussions on strengthening bilateral relations with focus on creating closer political, economic and cultural ties to the benefit of both countries.
The discussions were held in Spain on June 18, 2014 between Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister and Cooperation Louise Mushikiwabo, with Jose Garcíah-Margallo, the Minister of External Relations of Spain.
Mushikiwabo presented opportunities that can lead to greater mutual understanding in terms of investment opportunities for Rwanda and the capacities of Spanish companies.
Mushikiwabo’s two- day in Spain visit follows, her other previous visit in Madrid, Spain in July 2011, on ministerial business.
Regarding political matters, Minister García-Margallo praised the considerable progress that has been made by Rwanda in matters such as national reconciliation, stability and economic development.
In terms of economic relations, the minister emphasised that Spain is leading international companies in sectors like water and sanitation, renewable energies, infrastructures, telecommunications and tourism, which are all key areas for Rwanda’s development.
An increase in investment and commerce would undoubtedly lead to mutual benefits for Spain and Rwanda.
During her visit Mushikiwabo also met with Spanish Companies in a business meeting organized by the Consejo Superior de Camaras—Spanish High Council of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, along with Clare Akamanzi, Chief Operating Officer at the Rwanda Development Board.
Hailing Rwanda’s economic miracle, Javier Carretero, Director General of the High Council of the Chambers of Commerce, indicated that Spanish investors were ready to work with Rwanda on various projects especially in energy and infrastructure.
Rwanda and Spain are willing to increase cooperation in investment, tourism, renewable energy and commerce for mutual benefit of both countries.