On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo and her South-Korean counterpart Kim Sung-Hwan in New York signed a framework agreement for development cooperation.
The aim of the agreement is to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries with a focus on social and economic development in Rwanda. Under the framework, the Korean government will mainly provide training programs to Rwandans in Korea and dispatch experts and volunteers for consultations and on-the-spot training. Rwanda for its part commits itself to ensure that the skills and knowledge acquired by its nationals as a result of the training programs will be used to contribute to the economic and social development of the country.
The bilateral cooperation between the two countries has existed since 1963. South-Korea and Rwanda have collaborated in areas ranging from infrastructure, agriculture, health, education, ICT and capacity building. The Korean government has also supported a number of Rwandan projects such as the Integrated Rural Development Project in Kibeho, the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC) campus at Kicukiro and, the building of the ICT School for National University of Rwanda.
The signing ceremony took place in the margins of the UN Security Council Open debate on Protection of Civilians, chaired by South-Korea in its capacity as President of the Security Council for February. Mushikiwabo and Kim, representing two non-permanent members of the Security Council, since January 2013, delivered statements on behalf of their respective countries.
Both South-Korea and Rwanda are active contributors to international peace and security, especially in the area of UN peacekeeping. Korea is the 10th financial contributor to UN Peacekeeping mission while Rwanda is the 6thlargest contributor of UN Peacekeepers.