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Amir’s tour in Africa a new shift for Qatar’s strategic partnerships

  • 21 April 2019
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Amir’s tour in Africa a new shift for Qatar’s strategic partnerships
QNA
Doha
Within the framework of the extensive Qatari diplomatic activity in various countries and continents, and in a clear indication of the increasing Qatari commitment to building solid relations and strategic partnerships with the African continent, the visit of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to the Republic of Rwanda comes at a beginning of a new African tour of HH, which also includes the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
HH the Amir will hold talks with the leaders of the two countries and senior officials on bilateral relations and means of enhancing them in various fields. His Highness will also discuss a number of issues of common concern. The two visits will witness the signing of a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding in various fields of cooperation.
His Highness' new visit to the African continent comes at a time when Qatar has been able to fortify its infrastructure, national facilities and economic and strategic sectors with unparalleled success, enabling it to defend the country, its interests, aspirations and goals in various regional and international forums and fields.
The visit also shows the great importance the State of Qatar attaches to its relations with the various countries of the continent and its keenness to support and develop them in all sectors. It comes under a wide and distinguished Qatari activity on the continent to serve the common causes, interests, and ambitions of both sides.
The tour also highlights the importance of Africa as a strategic partner and natural extension of the Arab world, a gateway to the world, and a promising arena for building strategic economic, trade and investment partnerships.
In spite of the recent relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Rwanda, they are ambitious and promising relations and show the determination of the two sides to strengthen and develop them to serve the two countries and the two friendly peoples through constant consultation and continuous coordination between the two leaderships.
In this context, during last November, HE President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame had an official visit to the country, and HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and HE President Paul Kagame held an official meeting at the Amiri Diwan during which they discussed aspects of cooperation between the two countries on political, economic, investment, agricultural and mineral sectors, to serve the common interest and realize the aspirations of both countries and peoples. 
On February 15, HH the Amir met with HE President Paul Kagame at his residence in Munich, on the sidelines of the 55th Munich Security Conference. During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations and ways to boost and develop them, in addition to the most prominent updates regionally and globally.
Last November, Hassad Food company signed a MoU with the government of Rwanda, which aims to open opportunities for cooperation between the two sides and examine investment opportunities in the field of agriculture and food.
Qatar Airways had participated last February at the Aviation Africa Summit which was held in Rwanda, to highlight the challenges the sector faces in Africa and to discuss the future plans for the market.
In the early 1990s, Rwanda witnessed one of the most bloody ethnic clashes in history, but it was able to rise and stand on its own again and build a prosperous, hopeful, and successful state at the regional and global levels. The streets of Kigali resembles most of the streets of European capitals and the country is currently enjoying an unprecedented economic boom.
Rwanda lies in the middle of the African continent, south of the equator. It is a non-coastal inland state and is connected to the outside world through its neighbors, especially through the ports of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Mombasa in Kenya, with an area of more than 26,000 square kilometers and an estimated population of 12 million, 83 percent of whom live in rural areas.
Rwanda's government has succeeded in fighting corruption and in reducing extreme poverty. Roughly 90 percent of the entire population now is covered by health insurance. Its economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the African continent, with textiles, clothing, leather, agricultural crops, livestock, timber, metals, tourism and information and communications technology are of its most prominent sectors.
Rwanda attracts tourists from around the world for its natural and wild life.
The Government of Rwanda is transforming its economy from being reliant on low-income agriculture into a knowledge-based economy, encouraging foreign investment, easing restrictions on foreign investment, allocating incentives to foreign investors and opening up to all sectors. 
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