Mexico opens consulate general in Kigali, Rwanda

Mexico has opened a consulate general in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, APA reported according to the .journalducameroun.com website.

”This consulate will facilitate economic, commercial, social and cultural exchanges between the two countries,” said Aimable Rumongi, a Rwandan national who has been appointed as the honorary Consul General to Rwanda.

Mexico and Rwanda established diplomatic ties in 1976 and Rwanda maintains presence in Mexico through its ambassador to the United States of America.

Mexico named an ambassador to Rwanda for the first time in 2007 with residence in Nairobi, Kenya.

The honorary consul to Rwanda will foster travel and business, facilitate conversations and connections that will ultimately deepen the friendship and relationship between the people of Mexico and the people of Rwanda.

Hailing the establishment of diplomatic ties between Rwanda and Mexico, Aimable Rumongi said there has been new progress every day since then.

“The move will build a bridge of friendship opening a new window of mutual understanding between the two peoples,” he said.

News source: www.journalducameroun.com

Israel opens its first embassy in Rwanda

Kigali.

Israel has opened its first ever embassy in the Rwandan capital city Kigali, offering support to the East Africa nation from health to education and agriculture, as well as communication technology including cyber-security.

“This country shares a lot of similarities with state of Israel and offers a lot of ground for mutual cooperation,” the Israeli ambassador Ron Adam said after meeting with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

The two countries already have close ties, including being embroiled in a controversial 2018 deal that sought to deport African refugees and asylum seekers from Israel.

Israel said it could possibly send refugees to Rwanda, a proposal widely condemned by rights groups. Kigali always strongly denied any such deal.

Rwanda, a largely Christian nation, has said it is keen to encourage tourists to the country, especially to see its famous mountain gorillas.

Rwandair, the national airline, will begin direct flights to Israel in 2019.

Israel already has strong ties across East Africa, especially in Uganda and Kenya, but is expanding its diplomatic presence on the continent.

In January, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the majority-Muslim nation of Chad to restore diplomatic ties after a decades-long break.

News source: www.france24.com

UAE opens embassy in Rwanda

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Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.with UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Photo credit: emirates247.com

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has opened the UAE Embassy premises in Kigali during his current state visit to Rwanda, the emirates247.com website reported.

“The opening of the embassy translates the UAE’s keenness to boost prospects of cooperation with Rwanda across different fields,” said H.H. Sheikh Abdullah after cutting the ribbon and raising the curtain, inaugurating the new premises in the presence of the Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.

The Rwandan foreign minister expressed satisfaction with the establishment of the embassy, which, she said, comes as a step forward on the path to cultivate more fruitful relations between the two countries.

News source: www.emirates247.com

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Morocco opens it’s embassy in Kigali, Rwanda

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The embassy of Morocco in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, has been officially opened in the presence of the Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo and the Ambassador of Morocco, Youssef Imani, who both took part in the official hoisting of the Moroccan flag at the new embassy in the Nyarutarama district of the Rwandan capital, the The New Times website reported.

The embassy has been operational since February this year, but was officially opened on 14 April.

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Turkey opens embassy in Rwanda

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Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, today opened the Turkish embassy in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda. The minister raised the Turkish flag at the new embassy, which is located at Kimihurura sector in the Gasabo disitrict, the ktpress.rw website reported.

National flag of Turkey

Rwandan citizens have previously been going to Kampala, capital of Uganda, to obtain visas before travelling to Turkey. 

“Various agreements signed to develop political, economic and cultural relations in Rwanda are a big step made and we look forward to establish more businesses here”, Mr Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said at the opening ceremony.

Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo congratulated Turkey upon the step made and promised good bilateral trade.

“We are going to put more effort in our trade not forgetting our coffee which will be often exported in Turkey,” foreign minister Mushikiwabo said.

She went on to say that besides the normal trade between the two countries, Turkey is soon going to invest in Rwanda’s cloths industries, electricity and infrastructures.

Turkish Airlines has been operating in Rwanda since 2012. In 2013, it when Rwanda opened an embassy in Turkey’s capital city Ankara, in a bid to boost its bilateral and economic ties.

See the full story here: http://ktpress.rw/2016/05/turkey-opens-embassy-in-kigali/

News source: www.ktpress.rw

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ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES STARTED FLIGHTS TO YAOUNDE, CAPITAL OF CAMEROON

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Ethiopian Airlines, the fast growing and most profitable African Airline, has started new services to Yaoundé, Nsimalen International Airport, on October 25.

The capital of Cameroon, Yaoundé, is the second largest city in the country after the port city of Doula.

The four weekly flights from the Ethiopian capital Addis Abeba to Yaoundé is Ethiopian Airlines second destination in Cameroon and offers customers an added convenience and connectivity options via Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Hub, to its global network.

Ethiopian has been serving the city of Douala since 1971 and has been offering uninterrupted service since 2003.

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AFRICAN CUP TABLE TENNIS KICKS OFF IN YAOUNDE

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African Cup Table Tennis started Tuesday in Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon, with eight countries taking part, reports www.starafrica.com.

For three days, players from Algeria, Congo, Egypt, Morocco (Continental Champion), Nigeria, DR Congo, Togo and the host country Cameroon will compete for the African Games, a qualifying tournament for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games slated in September in Brazzaville, Congo.

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CST, HBD OPEN WIRELESS LINK BETWEEN SAO TOME, PRINCIPE

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Sao Tome and Principe operator CST and local hotel and agritourism group HBD have opened a new microwave radio link in Roca Sundy that will support telecommunications between the islands of Principe and Sao Tome, reports Telanon.

It is the second-largest wireless connection in the world across the sea and will increase the capacity of the current connection ninefold. Through this new link, the island of Principe will take advantage of the fibre optic submarine cable connection, thereby reaching speeds of 100 Mbps, and it will be able to get all the services available in Sao Tome.

Source: www.telecompaper.com

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BLU M’BAMOU PALACE HOTEL IN BRAZZAVILLE OPENS IN SEPTEMBER

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Brazzaville

Carlson Rezidor, further strengthens its portfolio in Africa by announcing the Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo. The upper upscale property with 178 rooms will be the first internationally branded hotel in Brazzaville and open in September 2015, www.eturbonews.com.reports.

“We are delighted to arrive in the Republic of Congo – the 26th African country we are present in. Africa is our most important growth market, and we want to further expand our network together with existing and new partners”, said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor. Carlson Rezidor’s total portfolio in Africa now features 64 hotels with over 14,000 rooms in operation or under development, and the group has the largest pipeline on the entire continent.

The Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel, Brazzaville is located less than 6km from the Maya Maya International airport. The property is situated on the banks of the Congo River and close to many local and regional banks as well as governmental institutions. Besides 178 guest rooms with Radisson Blu signature services such as free high-speed internet access, the hotel will offer an all-day dining restaurant, a main terrace and bar, a terrace pool bar, meeting & event space of 2,650m2, an outdoor swimming pool, a business class lounge, a gym & spa and a nightclub.

“We are committed to the emerging market of Africa, and see further potential for our core brand Radisson Blu in capital cities and financial hubs across the continent. Our aim is to be a premier operator in Africa and a responsible partner: by giving jobs to local talent and interacting with the communities we are active in, we can make a huge difference”, commented Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Rezidor.

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Brazzaville will be operated by The Rezidor Hotel Group.

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KINSHASA USES ROBOTS AS TRAFFIC WARDENS

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Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of the largest cities in Africa, with a population of well over 10m. Nonetheless, when recruiting traffic wardens, it’s looked to the ranks of the distinctly non-human: five of them are robots, designed and built by local engineers to manage the city’s most gridlocked junction, www.citymetric.com reports.

The aluminium and steel robots stand eight feet tall and look a lot like Transformers, complete with (not strictly necessary) human-style faces and voices which direct pedestrians. Their arms lift and rotate to direct traffic and pedestrians in different directions; they’re also fitted with red and green lights. Lodged inside their chests are surveillance cameras which record passing traffic.

The first two robots were installed in 2013, with a further three unveiled this year. While they’re undoubtedly fun to look at, some have accused the government of using them to distract from the city’s wider traffic problems. As Sam Sturgis notes at Citylab

This is not a legitimate solution for a city bursting at the seams with informal urbanisation. The robots are basically glorified traffic lights ? which Kinshasa needs more of in general. 

We’re divided: while they may not be the best use of the city’s traffic management budget, they are very cool. And the more eye-catching they are, presuambly, the more likely people are to pay attention to them. 

This one is at work on the Triomphal boulevard, at the crossing of Asosa, Huileries and Patrice Lubumba streets:

Photos: Getty Images / www.citymetric.com

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