Norway and Rwanda reopened an honorary consulate in Kigali to strengthen the existing cooperation between the two countries.
The honorary consulate was reopened by the Norwegian ambassador to Rwanda and the Director General of Rwandans living abroad Parfait Gahamanyi on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign affairs, in Kigali on March 4, 2014.
The Norwegian ambassador to Rwanda as well as Uganda, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther saluted the move saying it will reinforce the existing cooperation between the two countries.
The group director at Norwegian firm, FBW Rwanda, Mr. Robert David Woffenden was appointed the honorary consul of the consulate.
Woffenden assured to focus on investment promotion between the two countries.
Gahamanyi, commended the excellent relations existing between the two countries, saying, “I believe, with the opening of the consulate, the relations will even grow stronger.”
“I wish to affirm Rwanda’s commitment to further deepen these relations for the mutual benefit of our two peoples,” Said Gahamamyi.
Gahamanyi further stated that Rwanda is especially interested by the possibility offered by the new consulate to developing coherent actions by Rwanda-Norway partnership in different fields.
These include intergovernmental cooperation, trade and investment, agriculture, health, infrastructure, energy, education, tourism, environment, and information technology.
“My country believes that trade and investment are the best ways to the development of cooperation between countries and people.”
He therefore said the government has improved and continues to improve the doing business climate in Rwanda. We invite and welcome the business community of Norway to come and invest in Rwanda.
Diplomatic relations between Norway and Rwanda were established since 1971. The Norwegian ambassador accredited to Rwanda has a residence in Uganda.
Development cooperation has been channeled through channeled through Non Governmental Organisations such as Norwegian Church Aid, Care and Norwegian People’s Aid.