The 8th session of Rwanda-China Joint Committee on Economic, Technical and Trade convened virtually On September 28th, co-chaired by Dr. QIAN Keming, Vice Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, and Dr. Uzziel NDAGIJIMANA, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of the Republic of Rwanda. His Excellency RAO Hongwei, Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, and senior officials from Rwandan Ministries including trade and industry, health, infrastructure, agriculture, education, investment, mining and ICT, attended the event. It was the first meeting held under a trade and economic mechanism between China and African countries since the COVID-19 outbreak began.
The Chinese side and Rwandan side recalled with satisfaction the achievements of the bilateral cooperation in trade, infrastructure, investment and development assistance since the last session held in Rwanda in 2013, and agreed to optimize the mechanism of the Joint Committee and reaffirmed their commitment and determination to deepen bilateral economic and trade cooperation. The two sides expressed readiness to integrate Rwanda's Vision 2050 and China's Belt and Road Initiative, work out plans for bilateral economic and trade cooperation in the context of the current global situation, and consistently enhance the levels of bilateral cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit and win-win.
The Joint Committee also discussed various topics of the bilateral cooperation, including stepping up international cooperation in fighting COVID-19, accelerating the implementation of the Eight Major Initiatives of FOCAC Beijing Summit, expanding trade, infrastructure and investment cooperation, deepening cooperation in the emerging areas of digital economy, strengthening economic and technical partnership etc. After the meeting, the two sides signed the minutes of the joint committee meeting.