Kigali, 18 March 2014

President Kagame today received credentials of five new Envoys nominated to represent their respective countries in Rwanda. The new Ambassadors included Marek Ziolkowski, representing Poland with residence in Nairobi, Maria Marcela Nicodemo, Ambassador of Brazil to Rwanda with residence in Nairobi, Anders Urban Andersson, representing Sweden to Rwanda with residence in Kampala, Ivan Zivkovic, Ambassador of Serbia to Rwanda with residence in Nairobi and William John Gelling, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Rwanda with residence in Kigali.

Briefing the press at Hotel Umubano after presenting their credentials, the new envoys said they would work towards strengthen the existing cooperation between their countries and Rwanda, focusing on key areas.

Marek Ziolkowski, the Polish Ambassador to Rwanda said:

“ It is always an honour to meet with the Head of State, especially a President like Kagame. My country expects to do a lot of business with Rwanda, especially due to the fact that both of us produce what each of us does not produce. We dont produce Coffee or Tea, which Rwanda produces in abundance. We produce machineries and motor vehicles that are cheaper than elsewhere in Europe.”

Ambassador Maria Marcela Nicodemo who will be representing Brazil in Rwanda based in Nairobi said her country and Rwanda would especially cooperate in promoting the Agriculture sector. In June 2011, Rwanda and Brazil agreed to fast-track cooperation in agriculture and food security. The two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Rome aiming to promote technical cooperation, capacity building, knowledge exchange and competencies available in Brazilian institutions and organizations.