Ambassador Williams Nkurunziza of Rwanda on Sunday presented his credentials to King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, to begin his diplomatic duties in the country.
Nkurunziza is resident in Ankara, Turkey.
“The presentation of letters of credence by the Ambassador marked a historic moment in Rwanda-Jordan relations as it is Rwanda’s first-ever envoy to be accredited to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” reads part of a statement from the embassy.
Shortly after presenting his letters, Nkurunziza held a brief meeting with King Abdullah at the Royal Hashemite Court, a meeting that was attended by the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.
The King highlighted the importance for collaboration and deepening cooperation between Rwanda and Jordan in various areas ranging from peacekeeping to economy, defence and security as well as enhancing trade relations between the two countries, it says.
He shared Jordan’s plans to increase its presence in Africa by opening up new embassies as well as enhancing commercial relations on the continent.
Specifically, he expressed interest in seeing high level engagements between the two countries and hopes that President Paul Kagame will visit Jordan as his guest in the near future.
Welcoming Jordan’s increased engagements in Africa; Ambassador Nkurunziza noted that Rwanda looks forward to the day that Jordan will open its embassy in Kigali.
So far, Jordan only has embassies in South Africa and Kenya with plans afoot for new ones in Ethiopia and Nigeria.
Ambassador Nkurunziza is scheduled to meet the Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply, the Minister of Information Communication and Technology as well as the Minister of Finance to explore areas of economic and technical cooperation.
He will also meet officials from Amman Chamber of Commerce and different high profile business personalities in Jordan to share with them Rwanda’s propositions for trade and investments.
Jordan, a country of over six million people has already achieved middle income status with its GDP of 40 Billion US Dollars and GDP per capita of $11,000. Its economy is mainly driven by industry at 30 per cent and services at 65 per cent.
Key industries are textile/garments, pharmaceuticals, construction, food processing, furniture and tourism.