Chief Minister concludes his African visit

Tuesday 7 March 17:39

The Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, was in Rwanda this weekend at the conclusion of a Jersey governmental delegation to strengthen the Island’s relationships in Africa.

The Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, was in Rwanda this weekend at the conclusion of a Jersey governmental delegation to strengthen the Island’s relationships in Africa.

Senator Gorst had the opportunity of meeting with the His Excellency the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, to discuss the burgeoning friendship between Jersey and his country; with whom the Island signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding at the end of 2016 promising mutual cooperation in financial services, policy development, digital, agriculture, tourism and conservation, amongst other areas.

His visit also included an opportunity to see first-hand the work being undertaken by Jersey Overseas Aid in Rwanda, including the £1million expansion of the Jersey Inka Nziza (Beautiful Cow) project. This is Jersey’s largest ever overseas development project, designed to provide sustainable benefit through training and technology transfer, making a permanent improvement to the nation’s dairy herd.

On Saturday Senator Gorst also offered the respects of Islanders at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, established to honour the more than 250,000 victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi people.

The Chief Minister also met with Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete and the new CEO of the Rwanda Development Board, Minister Clare Akamanzi.

Commenting at the end of his journey, Senator Gorst said “The visit has been a crucial opportunity to meet with our partners in Africa and to outline the many ways that Jersey can cooperate to facilitate ongoing investment and development. I am very grateful for the hospitality offered by HE President Kagame in Rwanda and the welcome I have received in all the countries I visited over the week.

I am particularly delighted to have had the opportunity to see the practical impact of the cooperation between Jersey Overseas Aid and the government here in Rwanda to transform the dairy industry, and am impressed by the scale of ambition and achievement of Rwanda’s development plans.”


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