Press release

Seychelles and Rwanda Strengthen Ties Though New Agreement

August 28, 2013

The Republic of Seychelles and the Republic of Rwanda have, on 18th August, signed a General Cooperation Agreement to strengthen the existing friendly relations between the two countries and to promote the expansion of bilateral cooperation in various sectors of mutual interest.

The Agreement was concluded with Hon. Louise Mushikiwabo, the Rwandan Minister for Foreign Affairs during the official visit of Ambassador Barry Faure, Secretary of State in the Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to Rwanda earlier this month.

During the bilateral meeting with Minister Mushikiwabo, Amb Faure expressed the strong willingness of the Government of Seychelles to work more closely with Rwanda, as two like-minded partners in order to develop more win-win partnerships that that live up to the true potential of both countries. The Ambassador also commended Rwanda’s remarkable development achievements, especially over the last twenty years.

The discussions also centred on the need to better connect the private sector of both countries and on the importance of facilitating the sharing of experiences in various fields.

Ambassador Barry Faure called the agreement a historic first step that will allow the two countries to accomplish many things together.

The General Cooperation Agreement makes provision for the establishment of a joint commission between the two countries and will pave the way towards more effective collaborations between the two countries, especially in the fields of health, tourism, culture, education, agriculture, trade and investment promotion, air services, information, communication and technology.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for International Relations, Ms. Michel Murray, accompanied Ambassador Faure on his official visit.