Kigali, 20 June 2013

President Kagame today received the UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening who has been on a two-day visit to the country to assess the impact of UK assistance to Rwanda.

Speaking after the meeting with the President, the Secretary of State said:

“That are lots of things that I remember and I have seen lots of changes for the better since I was here and we hope they can continue in the coming years. I think economic development and helping to drive responsible private investment is very important for many countries. I would like to see my department pull in that sort of responsible investment to that can help kick start economies and create jobs and this is what we discussed with the President during our helpful, amicable and frank meeting around our relationship and what we are doing. We both agree that we have done some important work and that this should continue basing on joint principles of working. We hope that we will continue the work we have done in the past to drive economic growth.”

The Rwanda Minister of Finance said that the Secretary of State exchanged views on the relationship between Rwanda and the UK and think about the best way forward:

“It is clear that the relationship between our two countries continues to get better and better. The Secretary of State has seen a lot of progress in different sectors and thinks should be sustained. The President and the Secretary of State talked about how the set principles of cooperation can be strengthened for predictability of principles of cooperation. The UK helped us to start our systems of accountability and they see that the systems perform to capacity and are happy. That’s why they will continue channeling their support through our budget like before.”