The partnership between Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Aly Abdel Aal, includes security, air transport, health, trade and environment.
The conversations at the Prime Minister’s Office on bilateral and continental broad relations between the two nations took place on Thursday.
The Minister of State for East African Community Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe, spoke to the media outlining the areas of partnership between Egypt and Rwanda.
“The discussions focused on the cooperation among African Union members considering that Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi currently leads the African Union after he replaced President Paul Kagame,” he said.
He said both Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and President Kagame as well as the president of South Africa through TROIKA, the platform made up of the present president of the AU, the outgoing president and the upcoming president are working together to create the union based on various accomplishments.
“For instance recently in Niamey in Niger, AU launched the operations of The African Continental Free Trade Area after the number of required ratifying countries had been met.
Now the phase of implementing the agreement has started and it requires cooperation among AU members. More is also still being done to make the continent self-dependent,” he noted.
Cooperation between Egypt and Rwanda at the bilateral level focuses on various fields including security.
“In December last year in Egypt, Rwanda Chief of Defence Staff discussed with his counterpart about the cooperation in terms defense force training,” he said.
After EgyptAir started flights between Cairo and Kigali twice a week in April this year, he said air transport is another region of collaboration.
“There is partnership between EgyptAir and RwandAir so that they exchange passengers. For instance now RwandAir flies to many countries in the region such as Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka and elsewhere. This means passengers from those countries and other who wish to go to Egypt can use RwandAir to reach Kigali and then EgyptAir takes them to Cairo. In the next years, RwandAir can also grow and start flights to Egypt,” he explained.
Nduhungire pointed out that the other region of collaboration is the health industry through which Egypt is being developed in terms of medicine and hospital facilities.
He said that partnership will be enhanced with this potential.
“There are some local private hospitals that work with investors from Egypt to avail sophisticated equipment for testing heart diseases, dialysis and others on which some agreements were signed and we have to continue such development,” he said.
The official observed that other Egyptian investors have invested in the mining sector, industries adding that last month a group of investors visited the Rwanda Private Sector Federation and Trade and Industry Ministry to discuss partnerships between the two nations.
The call to the Premier from the Egyptian parliament speaker follows other courtesy visits to his Rwandan counterpart speaker Donathile Mukabalisa and senate president Bernard Makuza on Wednesday.