|State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and|
Economic Planning Dr Claudine Uwera and
European Union Ambassador to Rwanda
Nicola Bellomo and his wife
celebrate the Europe Day
in Kigali yesterday
He said this Thursday evening during the celebration of the Europe Day held at his residence in Kigali.
Europe Day, observed on May 9 each year, marks the presentation of the Schuman Declaration in 1950, which proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, the forerunner to the European Union. title="TraffBoost - bring real visitor to your site">
In an interview with media, Bellomo said that the current cooperation between the European Union and Rwanda is focusing on energy, infrastructure and agriculture; but other options are being considered for the future.
“Supporting the private sector, investment and job creation will be on top of our agenda, as well as skills development in order to improve the attractiveness of Rwanda as a business destination. We are ready to engage with our Rwandan counterparts to devise a shared agenda for the future,” he added.
The envoy commended the partnership between the EU and Rwanda as one based on excellent relations.
Junker was in Rwanda to attend the 25th commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi,
“He was moved and impressed by the reconciliation, the capacity of the people of Rwanda and leadership to move forward,” Bellomo said.
Significance of Europe Day
“For the Europeans it means peace, stability, prosperity, development,” said Bellomo commenting on the significance of the day.
“We work together in development, infrastructure, energy, among many sectors. This brings us into the development we desire, as well as reducing poverty,” she said.
“The government of Rwanda values the good relations that exist between the European Union Commission and Rwanda and reiterate our commitment to continue working together at national, regional, and global level to improve lives of citizens,” she added.
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Following the foundation of the European Union in 1993, observance of Europe Day by national and regional authorities increased significantly.
Germany in particular has gone beyond celebrating just the day, since 1995 extending the observance to an entire "Europe Week.”