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Lusaka, Thursday, June 15, 2017: The new High Commissioner of Rwanda to Zambia and Permanent Representative to COMESA, Her Excellency   Monique Mukaruliza, today presented her letters of credence to COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya.

In her statement during a brief ceremony at the COMESA Secretariat, Ambassador Mukaruliza said she will focus her attention in ensuring that her country’s obligations towards implementation of COMESA supported programmes are implemented.

“As a member of COMESA, Rwanda is benefitting from many programme including the trade facilitation programme for cross border trade and Climate change mitigation programmes,” Ambassador Mukaruliza said. “The cross border programme has especially changed the lives of our citizens.”

She said that Rwanda also trades in the leather and leather products within the COMESA region as well as in other economic blocks such as the EAC thus increasing intra-regional trade.

With regard to the tripartite arrangement among COMESA, EAC and SADC, she said its implementation shall facilitate the free movement of goods and services.

“The free movement of business people as well as labour across the region will result in accelerated development of our member States as well as the region at large,” she noted.

Accepting her letters of Credence, Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya described Rwand as a leader in many fronts such as on the free movement of people by removing visa requirement for African countries.  In addition, the country adoption of information, communication technology has not only contributed to a robust economy but also in fostering regional and Continental integration agenda.

He cited programmes that Rwanda was hosting under COMESA such as the air transport programmes.

“We are happy that Rwanda is hosting our Upper Airspace Programme known as the Communication, Navigation, Satellite and Air Traffic Management Programmes which is funded by the African Development Bank,” he said.

The implementation of the programme is expected to begin following last week’s meeting in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe of the Directors of Aviation who agreed on all the aspects of implementation. As a result, Mr. Ngwenya said the regional air space shall become more secure.