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Japan, Rwanda to cooperate for Africa conference

Japan, Rwanda to cooperate for Africa conference

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Rwandan President Paul Kagame have agreed that their countries will work together to ensure the success of an upcoming conference on African development.

Following the summit meeting, Mr. Takayuki Miyashita, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Rwanda, and Hon. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda, signed the Exchange of Notes in the presence of the two leaders on a grant aid project for improving the water supply situation in Kigali City, “the Project for Strengthening of Nzove-Ntora Water Principal Pipeline in Kigali City.”

Subsequently the two leaders held a joint press occasion. Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Abe then hosted a dinner, where the two leaders discussed a broad range of topics relating to the bilateral relations.

At their meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday, Abe praised Kagame for exercising leadership as the chairperson of the African Union to bring peace and prosperity to the continent.

Kagame expressed gratitude for Japan’s contribution to African development and economic progress.

He said he is looking forward to a further deepening of cooperation at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development that will be held in August in Yokohama.

Japan will grant economic aid worth about 30 million dollars to help Rwanda improve the water supply system in the capital, Kigali.

The two leaders also agreed to promote Japanese investment in the African nation in agriculture and information and communication technology.

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