Rwanda inaugurates Chinese-constructed administrative office complex

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Rwanda on Monday inaugurated its newly constructed administrative office complex in the capital Kigali, constructed by the Chinese government.

The $27 million (about Rwf25 billion) multi-storey complex will host the office of the Prime Minister and other government institutions.

The visiting Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Zheng Jianbang and Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente inaugurated the building.

The new complex will help government cut rent expenditure on office space, the minister of infrastructure Claver Gatete told journalists.

The construction of the building took about 2 years.

Speaking at the event, Zheng said it was a great pleasure to witness the handover ceremony of the office complex.

 “The completion of the complex is inspiring,” he said. “But what inspires me even more is the rapid growth of China-Rwanda relations,” he added.

Zheng said China is ready to join hands with Rwanda, step up efforts to deliver on the important understandings reached between President Xi and President Kagame during the former’s visit to Rwanda.

He noted that over the past 25 years Rwanda has taken on a new look with sound governance, vitality, political stability, sustained socio-economic development as well as growing regional and global influence.

The hand over of the new structure was a historical occasion and another indicator of how stronger the relationship between China and Rwanda is always growing stronger, according to Prime Minister Ngirente.

“Since China and Rwanda started to be partners, the two countries have achieved a lot together. We appreciate this mutual beneficial relationship,” he said.

In 2017, President Paul Kagame visited China and held talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Last year in July, the Chinese President also visited Rwanda during which Rwanda and China signed 15 bilateral agreements in sector of investment, infrastructure development, education, health, trade, technical assistance and capacity building.

The prime minister reaffirmed Rwanda’s commitment to advancing the existing mutually beneficial cooperation with China.

Zheng, who led a delegation of 14 Chinese officials, arrived in the country on Sunday for a four-day visit.

He on Sunday visited Kigali genocide memorial to pay respects to more than 250,000 victims of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

On Monday Zheng and his delegation held talks with Senate President Bernard Makuza and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Donatille Mukabalisa, geared at strengthening legislative cooperation.

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