This morning President elect- Paul Kagame received his Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fatah al-Sisi at Kigali International Airport to begin his one day visit, after a state visit in Tanzania.
Upon arrival this Tuesday, President Sisi was welcomed with a guard of honour.
Egyptian president was driven to Kigali Genocide Memorial site in Gisozi – he lay a wreath of flowers in honour of victims of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
Sisi and President-elect Kagame will hold bilateral talks and later jointly address a press conference at village Urugwiro.
In March 2015 Kagame attended the Egypt Economic Conference.The two leaders last met in 2016 on the sidelines of the 27th African Union General Assembly in Kigali.
The two countries enjoy strong bilateral relations.
Dr. Namira Negm, the Ambassador of Egypt to Rwanda said that Sisi’s visit is aimed at strengthening this relationship
Rwanda trade export earnings to Egypt in 2015 indicate that Rwandans managed to make $30million while Egyptians exports to Rwanda made about $64million in the same year.
Egyptians have also picked interest in doing business in Rwanda after participating in Rwanda International Trade Expo which is now in the 20th year.
After experiencing a good responce from Rwandan market, Egyptians have replicated the trade expo- creating the Egypt and Middle East expo- which was held for the 7th time from 26th April – 10th May’ 2017 in Kigali.
More than 59 companies, from Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Singapore, Kenya, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates, participated at this year’s Egypt and Middle East expo.
According to Natacha Haguma, the event coordinator, the expo has also created over 120 part-time jobs for youth.
Last year, the trade show attracted 51 exhibitors with a wide range of products including handicrafts, textiles, home furniture, jewelry, cosmetics, decorations, fabrics, and kitchenware.
Sisi will proceed to Chad and Gabon for his state visit across the continent.