The ambassador of Japan in Rwanda, Mr. Kazuwa Ogawa has affirmed his country’s commitment to continue to support MIDIMAR in its various areas of intervention.
Ambassador Ogawa made the assurance during a courtesy visit paid to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs on Wednesday August 28, 2013.
That was the first visit of ambassador Ogawa to MIDIMAR since he presented his credentials to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame in May 2013.
Ogawa Kazuwa replaced Kunio Hatanaka who has also established smooth cooperation with the MIDIMAR during the three years he served as Japanese ambassadorin Rwanda.
During a brief conversation held with Minister Seraphine Mukantabana, ambassador Ogawa reiterated that he will build up from his predecessor by strengthening the existing cooperation and support of the Japanese government to the MIDIMAR.
Minister Seraphine Mukantabana warmly welcomed the new ambassador and expressed gratitude for the support the Government of Japan has provided to MIDIMAR.
Mukantabana commended the contribution of the Government of Japan for the establishment of Kigeme camp for Congolese refugees in 2012.
She also appraised the continued support for the reintegration of Rwandan returnees provided by Japan through the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Minister Mukantaba took that opportunity to expose to Japanese ambassador the current situation of Rwandans being evicted from Tanzania and said that the Government of Rwanda would welcome the generosity of the people of Japan to contribute to respond to that emergency.
Ambassador Ogawa pledged that he will advocate to his Government to find a possible way to support the Government of Rwanda to respond to that issue of expulsion of Rwandans from Tanzania.