The High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda in Mozambique, with residence in South Africa, Vincent Karega, presented letter of credence to His Excellency President Armando Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique and current chairperson of Southern African Development Community (SADC).
In his exchange with President Armando Guebuza, on October 10, 2012, Vincent Karega stated the value that Rwanda gives to her relations with Mozambique, particularly because of the historical political similarities that Rwanda share with Mozambique. Both countries went through liberation struggles and are actively involved in bringing stability and economic development in their respective nations.
President Armando Guebuza expressed his appreciation on booming investment in Rwanda. He reiterated the need to trade and work together.
Prior to this ceremony, the High Commissioner Vincent Karega held a lengthy discussion with Mozambique Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Henrique Banze, with whom they exchanged on progress registered in Rwanda, the revival of Joint Permanent commission between Mozambique and Rwanda and opportunities offered by the invocation of the cessation clause to Rwandan refugees.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated Mozambique’s continuous will to work with Rwanda and the need to multiply meetings between different key stakeholders in a view to exchange experience and information for the welfare of their respective people and the stability of both countries.
At the end of his visit in Mozambique, the High Commissioner Vincent Karega took this opportunity to visit some of the businesses of Rwandans in Maputo (Mozambique). It was noted that they are well established and are contributing to both their well-being and their country through different personal projects in Rwanda.
The High Commissioner called upon them to make a contribution to the economic development of their country. The Rwandan community in Mozambique pledged to make available their contribution to the Agaciro Development Fund. An announcement in that regard will soon be made public.
The number of Rwandans living in Mozambique is estimated to be around 4,000 people from different sectors, but mostly in small scale business. Mozambique is currently holding the chairmanship of SADC and has got good relations with Rwanda.