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UPDATED: 11:44, May 13, 2007
Interview: Rwandan President Kagame's China visit to focus on trade, investment
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Rwandan President Paul Kagame will on Sunday kick off his six-day China visit which will focus on trade and investment ties with the world's largest emerging economy.

"We are looking at issues of trade and investment, which are key areas of bilateral relations," said Kagame during an exclusive interview with China's official Xinhua News Agency on the eve of his state visit.

Last year, the two countries recorded a total trade volume of more than 34 million U.S. dollars, according to the Chinese embassy in Rwanda.

"China has different know-how in different sectors, but can be used by our own country for its own development through these relationship and cooperation that has already been established," said Kagame, who will lead a 45-member business delegation to seek cooperation opportunities from China.

"So it (Rwanda) is open for anything that will advance this relationship for the benefit of the two countries."

Kagame said his visit comes as a way of consolidating and enforcing the already "excellent" relations.

"Our relations have been on a firm footing for a long time," he said, adding that he will explore different areas of mutual interest, which can benefit both countries.

Kagame recalled the long-time friendly ties with China, saying that the two countries have been open for cooperation in economic, political and diplomatic areas.

"I think we can have this cooperation work very well for us," he said.

There have been frequent reciprocal high-level visits by Chinese and Rwandan leaders over the past 12 years, since the Kagame-led Rwandan Patriotic Front ended the 1994 genocide by defeating the civilian and the military authorities responsible for the killing.

"We expect more to come in the future of this continued exchanges at different levels and visits certainly go a long way to solidify our relations," said the Rwandan president.

He said Rwanda faces many challenges as other parts of this continent.

He cited infrastructure as a major one, saying that infrastructure is very important for a country's economic development. He also mentioned agriculture, trade and investment among others as challenges.

Rwanda looks forward to these challenges being overcome indeed as a result of mutual benefit arising from this relationship, and China has a huge capability which it can avail and has in many times availed to Rwanda and Africa, said Kagame.

"We will see how these can continue to be advanced."

Kagame spoke highly of the establishment of a new type of strategic partnership between Africa and China, saying that this partnership will benefit China, Rwanda and Africa at large, realizing a win-win-win situation with all these complementary characters in their economy.

Source: Xinhua

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