Kunio Hatanaka has concluded his 3 year tenure of serving as a Japanese ambassador to Rwanda.
He paid a courtesy call to the Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi , to bid farewell ,he commend the working relationship he’s had with the government of Rwanda, especially in developmental programs funded by his country.
Hatanaka pledged to continue being the advocate of Rwanda in his country.
Ambassador HATANAKA Kunio also expressed his gratitude to the Government of Rwanda for good bilateral relation and cooperation.
As far as hailing programs in which Japan partners with Rwanda, the premier commended the ambassador for the courage and commitment he exhibited during the handling of his ambassadorial duties on top of Japan’s support to education programs in Rwanda
A number of Rwandans have been benefitting from various training in Japan including in the area of energy, electricity as well as water and infrastructure, unlike other donor countries, Japan has not held back providing US$ 30 million each year within the three past years.
Japan’s interventions are mainly in the areas of education, agriculture, water, infrastructure and sanitation.
In order to recite the programs Rwanda and Japan established an Annual Policy Dialogue, a bilateral framework in which the two countries meet annually to discuss their bilateral cooperation programmes.
Japan also endorsed Rwanda bid to be elected on the United Nations security council.
The Japanese Embassy in Rwanda became fully operational in January 2010 and the outgoing Hatanaka has been the first envoy.