Rwanda and Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of bilateral consultations.
The MoU was signed on June 11, 2014 in Kigali by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Liberman, representing Israel and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo on behalf of Rwanda.
The MoU will help to enhance cooperation between both countries in the field of health and medicine, agriculture, education and social economic development.
Minister Liberman is accompanied by a business delegation of more than 60 people representing 50 Israeli companies.
Minister Liberman mentioned that Rwanda and Israel share the history and therefore have many similarities thus the need for enhanced cooperation in different areas.
During the signing of MoU, Minister Liberman appreciated the existing high level of understanding and support between the two countries.
“Israel is ready to improve the cooperation with Africa and ready to cooperate with Rwanda in economic, trade, investments and capacity building areas and any others areas wished by Rwanda”. Said Liberman.
In view of business and investment promotion, Rwanda and Israel opened Rwanda-Israel Business Seminar.
The seminar discussed on ways of promoting business and investments opportunities in different areas such as irrigation technology and agro-mechanization, clean energy technology, waste treatment and water infrastructure equipment, mining, aviation, infrastructure, Israeli technology in education including interactive multimedia systems and financial consultancy among other sectors.
While opening the Seminar, Minister Mushikiwabo noted that the meeting is the first of many others which will be gathering the people of both countries.
She further said that given the reforms that have been put in place, Rwanda has one of the best business environments.
On behalf of Rwandan government Minister Mushikiwabo commended bilateral partnership between Rwanda and Israel.
“Rwanda is pleased to upgrade bilateral relations and cooperation with Israel. We will open an embassy in Israel very soon” said Mushikiwabo
Rwanda and Israel established diplomatic relations soon after Rwanda’s independence in July 1962 which was severed later in October 1973 and restored in October 1994.
The two countries enjoy a warm and cordial bilateral relation with cooperation in economic, trade, investments and capacity building areas.