Rwandan President on FOCAC Beijing summit

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Added On September 4, 2018

Visiting Rwandan President has said that the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) comes at the right time as globalization faces headwind.
 
Rwandan President Paul Kagame said FOCAC is a cooperation mechanism that has achieved great results in health care, education, infrastructure and industrialization in Africa since its establishment in 2000.
 
With a solid foundation in place for China-Africa cooperation, Kagame said he expects the summit to further expand the scope of cooperation.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): PAUL KAGAME, Rwandan President
Secondly, I am sure within this forum taking place in Beijing, We should be able to identify other areas, more areas, the texture that can be touched to accelerate what we are doing and the benefits come out of that. I think the expectation is the consolidation and even doing more and better."
 
He described the summit as timely since there is "need for cooperation more "than ever" as some countries make clear their intentions to serve themselves first.
 
Kagame added that FOCAC emphasizes a form where countries come together for cooperation, carrying a positive message for the whole world.
 
When asked to describe the Rwanda-China relationship, he called it a "productive partnership" of mutual benefit, noting that it can benefit the Rwandan people.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): PAUL KAGAME, Rwandan President
"We have benefited from China's support, China has supported our social and economic programs in many areas, and that has continued to strengthening our relationship between our two countries. 删掉Recently, we had the opportunity and enjoyed the benefit of hosting the president of China Xi Jinping, (who) visited our country to give us an opportunity to discuss to continue strengthening our friendship and cooperation. That went beyond Rwanda and China, and also has upgraded to the strong relationship that exists between China and the whole Africa."
 
Kagame, whose country holds the rotating chair of the African Union (AU), also elaborated on his goal for institutional reform of the continental bloc.
 
He said the ongoing reform of the AU "fits very well with our cooperation with China".
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): PAUL KAGAME, Rwandan President
"We are looking to China to strengthen us, to strengthen Africa, in this quest for independence, for efficiency, for unity of the continent as we see it, and also the development we want for Africa and the stability that we need it to happen."