Gerd Mueller, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development who is in Rwandan Capital Kigali for a three-day visit, told reporters Thursday that his country is committed to encouraging a strong link between German and Rwandan businesses, especially for joint ventures.

“Germany and Rwanda enjoy cordial friendly relations, and we have strong partnership in technical education and decentralization policies, but we need to strengthen business linkages by encouraging investors from Germany to come and invest in Rwanda,” he said.

Mueller said his country was interested in investing in what he called Rwanda’s dynamic generation.

“Rwanda has a dynamic young generation and a good education system, and Germany is looking forward to build on that and use it as the foundation of more cooperation in economic development. We want to see companies from both countries form joint investments.”

Germany supports Rwanda in the area of technical and vocational training through German agencies GIZ and KFW.

According to Papias Malimba Musafiri, Rwanda minister for education, Germany has been instrumental in promoting technical and vocational skills among Rwandan youth.

“We are looking to strong economic and bilateral ties to spur trade and investment between the two countries. Rwanda is ready to offer excellent business opportunities and investment potential to German investors,” he added.

While in Rwanda, Mueller also will hold bilateral meetings with Claver Gatete, Rwanda minister of finance and economic planning before concluding his visit on Friday.

He also paid respect to an estimated 250,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda buried at the Kigali Genocide Memorial

Germany supports Rwanda’s decentralisation process through local infrastructure investments since 2006, and has financed individual projects in education, health, energy, roads, agriculture, and trade. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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