Rwanda, Singapore to further relations

VILLAGE URUGWIRO - Singapore Senior State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Zanul Abidin Rasheed, yesterday held talks with President Paul Kagame to explore new areas of cooperation and discussed how the existing bilateral relations can be furthered. After the meeting, Rasheed said that their discussions centred on human capacity development. "We have already identified about seven areas of cooperation which include man-power development, ICT and civil aviation," he said.
President Kagame and Zanul Abidin Rasheed after their meeting at Village Urugwiro yesterday. (PPU photo)
President Kagame and Zanul Abidin Rasheed after their meeting at Village Urugwiro yesterday. (PPU photo)

VILLAGE URUGWIRO - Singapore Senior State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Zanul Abidin Rasheed, yesterday held talks with President Paul Kagame to explore new areas of cooperation and discussed how the existing bilateral relations can be furthered.

After the meeting, Rasheed said that their discussions centred on human capacity development.

"We have already identified about seven areas of cooperation which include man-power development, ICT and civil aviation," he said.

He said that Rwanda has a lot in common with Singapore, adding that there is more that both countries can share.

Foreign Affairs Minister Rosemary Museminali said that the meeting was also aimed at laying the ground for Kagame’s forthcoming visit to Singapore. She said that cooperation between both countries was mainly based on systems and business development.

"This country’s history propelled it to development based on good governance and this is the trend that Rwanda has chosen to take," said Museminali.

Rwanda is already working closely with Singaporeans in developing the Rwanda Workforce Development Authority (RwoDA) which is headed by Chong Foot Yen, a Singapore national.

Established by the Cabinet on January 18, RwoDA strives to become the regional centre of excellence in work force development.

As part of the initial operations of the institution, an advisory committee of six people from different stakeholders was selected with the aim of developing the country’s labour market.

This committee is made up of representatives from the ministries of Education and Public Service, National Institute of Statistics (NIS), Rwanda Private Sector Federation (RPSF), RWoDA and private education providers; each represented by one person.

The Government this year injected Frw 2.7 billion as initial funding to this institution which will among other duties, set the standards for industries in the country.

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