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Rwanda-Zim conference set for March

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The Rwanda Zimbabwe Trade and Investment Conference which was shelved due to the Covid-19 pandemic is now expected to be held in March next year in Kigali.

Rwanda’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe James Musoni said efforts were now being revived to host the trade and investment conference.

Musoni said Covid-19 derailed plans to host the Rwanda Zimbabwe Trade and Investment Conference at which a number of business deals were expected to be concluded as well as the signing of government to government cooperation agreements.

The conference will unpack and explore trade and investment opportunities between Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

“Several cooperation agreements will also be signed as we move to deepen our relations,” Musoni said after being named the Diplomat of the Year [from Africa award].

Musoni said he cherished the award as it was a symbol of the good friendship between Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

He said Rwanda’s foreign policy promotes a peaceful, prosperous, sovereign and self-defined Rwanda that is politically and economically integrated in the region.

“In this regard, our relations with Zimbabwe have been growing from strength to strength since we opened our Embassy here in January 2019 and we envisage scaling our cooperation to higher levels,” he said, adding: “The award could not have been possible without the unrelenting support we receive from the Government of Zimbabwe and its friendly people.”

Musoni gave tribute to Rwanda President Paul Kagame, saying: “This award has been made possible because of the visionary leadership of H.E Paul Kagame, the President of the Republic of Rwanda.

His leadership provides an operating environment that encourages everyone to constantly improve and even do better.”

Since Rwanda opened its Embassy in Zimbabwe, Musoni has actively participated at business forums to unpack the country’s investment potential.

He has also led the Rwandan community in supporting Zimbabwe’s national clean-up exercise in which Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa is an active participant.

The Diplomat of the Year Awards are organised by the Diplomat Magazine with the aim of recognising and celebrating the contribution of diplomats in Zimbabwe to the development of the country and its people.

Winners are selected through a nomination committee made up of journalists, civic society and business representatives.

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