Kigali, February 2, 2018. During their annual meeting hosted this year by embassy of Sweden in Rwanda, Swedish diplomats working on the African Continent Visited Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cooperation and East African community.

Minister of State Olivier Nduhungirehe who received them ,briefed Swedish Diplomats on the African Union priorities and ongoing institutional reforms and on the African union and European Union (AU-EU) relations.

Minister of State said: “However despite the agenda 2063 and its aspirations, there was an imperative to further strengthen our union. His excellency Paul Kagame President of Rwanda was tasked by his peers during AU summit of July 2016 in Kigali to conduct an institutional reform of The African union. President Kagame proposed Priorities for this reform which would focus on key priorities with continental scope which should realign AU institutions to deliver against those priorities and to manage the AU efficiently at both politically and operational levels.”

MOS Nduhungirehe also gave a briefing on the regional economy where he has said that the integration of regional economic communities like ECASS, NEPAD,UMA etc. would paved away for the continental integration which is also one of the aspiration of the agenda 2063.

He added that Rwandan AU chairmanship will also focus on persistence conflict on our continent which undermine our priority and integration.

Brig. Gen. Francis Mutiganda an officer in Rwanda Defence Force highlighted some security matters in the region and assured Rwanda’ s effort to work on it through this period of leadership of AU.

The visiting delegation had the opportunity to ask questions in order to know more about relations between Rwanda and her neighboring countries and African Countries in general.

The delegation has been in Rwanda since Wednesday,on their first day visited Gisozi memorial site of Genocide against Tutsis where they were explained more about Rwandan history. They have also visited Sustainable development goals Center for Africa.​

Every year Swedish MFA organizes three joint meetings for diplomats posted on the African continent and the Swedish Embassy in Kigali has offered to host this year’s meeting for diplomats working on the African continent.

Two years ago, Government of Sweden adopted a new five-year strategy for the development cooperation with Rwanda. The Swedish focus areas are good governance in broad sense, productive employment, environment and climate change and higher education and research.

The Express News


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