Kigali, 19 August 2015
President Kagame today received a delegation of Dutch MPs forming the Committee on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation who are visiting the country to assess the impact of projects funded by the Kingdom of Netherlands as well as get to understand the current political, economic and social progress in Rwanda.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, Sharon Gesthuizen said the delegation had been impressed by what they saw in Rwanda during their visit and that they would encourage more cooperation between Rwanda and the Netherlands.
“We spoke on many things quite elaborately and the President was very kind to give us his time. We spoke about trade and agreed that much can be done to enhance trade between our two countries. We spoke about the genocide against the Tutsi and agreed that there are still people who have not received the punishment they deserve and as a country we will do what we can to ensure that there is justice for the victims.”
During their visit, the MPs held meetings with authorities of both public and private institutions as well as civil society organizations. Dutch and Rwandan Parliamentarians have cultivated a relationship characterized by the exchange of visits, where Rwandan Parliamentary visits to Netherlands took place both in 2006 and 2014 while the Dutch Parliamentary visits took place in 2009 and 2015.