I was delighted to read the lead story in the weekend edition of The New Times, titled "RDB opens office in Istanbul."
John Gara, CEO and the Rwanda Development Board team need to be applauded for this great initiative. I wish RDB every success with their new office in Istanbul.
Turkey has shown great appetite for enhancing trade, tourism and investments into Rwanda.
Only recently, Turkish Airlines announced plans to start flights, from next April, to Kigali. This a great move because air connectivity is a key factor in the development process between any two countries.
The very fact that three Cabinet Ministers - Foreign Affairs, Trade & Industry and also, Infrastructure, were part of the delegation to Turkey, shows the seriousness of the Rwandan Government in forging new and stronger trade relations with other countries.
In the true spirit of public - private partnership, the Rwanda Private Sector Federation was represented by none other than Faustin Mbundu, Chairman, RPSF. This will enable Turkish companies to effectively penetrate the Rwandan market.
Moreover, it will also enable Turkey to serve as a gateway for Eastern European countries looking at Rwanda - the land of a thousand hills, a million smiles and more importantly, the land of great opportunities!
Rwanda Renaissance and Co-Chairman
Travel & Tourism Committee
Indian Merchants' Chamber