Rwanda has called for strong trade ties between Lusaka and Kigali to improve the performance of their economies, says Rwandan High Commissioner to Zambia Abel Buhungu.
Mr Buhungu said was important for both countries to ensure they build strong trade bilateral relations in order to improve the economies.
“It is very indeed important for both countries to promote togetherness among people of both countries so that together we can invest in each other’s country,” he said.
Mr Buhungu said the Rwandan government was ready to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries by engaging in economic issues.
“Nurturing and improving bilateral relations between Zambia and Rwanda is one big assignment our government has assigned us to do as we are opening an embassy in Lusaka,” he said.
And Mr Buhungu thanked the Zambian Government for opening doors to thousands of Rwandan refugees who have safely been living in Zambia for many years.
“We have seen a large community of Rwandese in Zambia and they have been welcome with warm hands by the friendly Zambian Government and its people. Zambia is a friendly country and we appreciate that gesture,” he said.
Mr Buhungu said most of the Rwandese left their country due to genocide which occurred years back.
He said despite the Rwandan embassy being in Zambia for less than five months, his team was working tirelessly to come up with ideas on how it could engage Lusaka. Mr Buhungu said as a starting point, his government had engaged the RwandAir to introduce direct flights between Zambia and Rwanda. He said that was done to promote bilateral relations between the two countries including the tourism sectors.
Meanwhile, RwandAir country manager Glyden Mungaila said there were direct flights from Kigali to Lusaka on almost daily basis.
“This has made easier passengers connecting to other networks like Dar-es-salaam, Dubai and other destinations,
“We have been here since March and we have grown from the three flights that we started with to six flights now,” she said.