Embassy of China in Rwanda Hosted Welcoming Reception for Chinese Mining Experts Group

On December 6th, 2019, the Chinese Embassy in Rwanda hosted welcoming reception for the first batch of Chinese mining experts, who have recently embarked on executing the China-aid Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Assessment for Rwanda. Over 100 attendants of Chinese mining experts, representatives from Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, as well as local media attended the event.


H.E. RAO Hongwei, Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda addressed on the event, he said mining industry has become a new driver of the Rwandan economic growth, and the cooperation between China and Rwanda in mining area has been strengthened in recent years. Since last year, more than 40 officials and technicians from Rwandan mining sector have visited China participating in the training seminars and courses on geological survey and mineral resource management. The Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Assessment Project (hereinafter referred to as the Project) is the fruit of the successful exchange of visits and meetings between President Xi Jinping and President Kagame, which is not only a historical breakthrough in the two countries' bilateral mining cooperation, but also a symbol of China-Rwanda strategic partnership. Ambassador RAO hoped the Chinese mining experts group could carry out their task successfully, work with their Rwandan counterparts by sharing their advanced technologies and professional experiences, and make more contributions to the cooperation in the mining area of the two countries.


Hon. Francis Gatare, Cabinet Member and CEO of Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board, expressed the appreciation to the Chinese side for the strong support to the development of Rwandan mining industry. He hoped Rwanda and China can take this Project as an opportunity for further cooperation in mining area, and there will be more and more Chinese companies coming to Rwanda to invest in the mining industry.


Dr. Liu Xiaoyang, Deputy Dean of Tianjin Geological Survey Center of China Geological Survey, introduced the overview of the Project. He said the Chinese mining experts group will live up to the mission and work closely with the Rwandan counterpart to ensure the smooth implementation of the Project.  


At the reception, Ambassador RAO presented the "3D Map of Rwanda Topography and Geology"and "Map Series of Rwanda Geological, Geophysical and Geochemical Maps" as gifts to the Rwandan side.

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