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Kagame in Djibouti for Inauguration of Int’l Free Trade Zone

by Jean de la Croix Tabaro
10:41 am

President Paul Kagame upon arrival in Djibouti

President Paul Kagame has arrived in Djibouti at the invitation of his counterpart Ismail Guelleh for the inauguration of Djibouti International Free Trade Zone.

The country in the horn of Africa enjoys cordial relationship with Rwanda.

At the launch, Kagame said, “I just wanted to say how happy I am to be joining you Mr President and our brothers and leaders from this region for the inauguration of this very important facility that will not only serve Djibouti but also the wider region of our continent.”

Kagame pledged Rwanda’s support to this project. He said, “We are behind you in the realisation of this project and I am sure it will serve us all, even as far south as Rwanda and beyond.”

Recently, trade officials in Rwanda told the parliament that Rwanda is receiving bids of investors who want to develop infrastructure on this land-already some 20 hectares were already given away.

Rwanda also gave Djibouti 20 hectares of land in the Kigali Special Economic Zone. President Guelleh visited the land in 2016.

President Guelleh made several visits to Rwanda and President Kagame visits Djibouti on several occasions.

His last visit to Djibouti was in April 2017. He discussed with his Djiboutian counterpart several trade deals.

Djibouti removed visa fee for diplomats from Rwanda.

Meanwhile, Djibouti carrier-the Air Djibouti is set to launch Kigali route this month.

Djibouti International Free Trade Zone will span over a total 48 square kilometres after expansion. It  is one of the largest free trade zones in Africa and will benefit the whole continent as, under the auspice of the African Union.