Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

12 January 2013

Rwanda: Kagame Receives American Lawmakers

President Paul Kagame on Saturday evening received in his office Village Urugwiro a delegation of five US Republicans - two senators and three congressmen - who are on a two-day visit in the country.

According to Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, the lawmakers are in the country to meet top officials and discuss trade relations in particular and ties between Rwanda and the United States in general. "They came here so that we can see how we step up our mutual collaboration in terms of trade," explained Mushikiwabo, adding that the delegation is committed in trade and investment around the globe.

The delegation is led by James M. Inhofe from Oklahoma who is also a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The senator, who has been visiting the country for many times, was accompanied by senator John Boozman from Arkansas as well as congressmen Vernon Buchanan from Florida, Erik Paulsen from Minnesota and Steve Pearce from New Mexico.

Senator Inhofe for his view, President Kagame has done so much for the country; the impressive progress, he said, encourages them to help Rwanda to take its business and trade to another level.

"It's incredible to see what President Kagame has done that other Presidents wouldn't be able to do," Inhofe observed. "So we want to help in any way we can in terms of trade."

The American senators and congressmen arrived in Kigali from Juba in South Sudan and Ethiopia. They have demonstrated legislative interest in enhancing trade and business ties between Africa and the United States.

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