On a two-day visit to Rwanda that coincided with the 7th edition of the Africa CEO Forum 2019 held at the Kigali Convention Center in Kigali since Monday, March 25, DRC Head of State Félix Tshisekedi and his Rwandan counterpart, the President Paul Kagame have jointly expressed publicly this Tuesday, March 26, 2019, closing this forum. On this occasion, they spoke about the security situation in the sub-region and talked about the economy.
“We want to be serious with matters of stability, development and we can’t achieve that without cooperation, working together, really focusing on the common interest of our countries and people which we should be representing. Some of these serious matters are undermined by petty things,” Kagame said.
Commenting on the issue, President Tshisekedi, who was visiting Rwanda for the first time since his election in January this year, said that as neighboring countries, Rwanda and DR Congo are better off working closely. “Our countries will be neighbors forever, as leaders, we are here temporarily but our countries will always be there. Conflict with each other is a waste of time, time that could be used to develop our countries,” he said.
This comes after a meeting between delegations of these two countries in Kinshasa last week, after which the airspace was opened to transport companies between two capitals, and Rwandair plans to start flights next month. Furthermore, meetings between the two neighbors’ private sectors representatives that took place on the sidelines of this forum should lead to even more ambitious trade agreements.
Initially coming to speak economy, the President Felix Tshisekedi affirmed his intention to develop hydropower on the Congo River, with of course the mega-project of the dam of Inga, but also other sites in the country including the exploitation of methane gas from Lake Kivu. We have in the energy development of the Inga dam an opportunity to distribute energy to all Africa, he says.
The panel discussion marked the end of the two-day Africa CEO Forum, which brought 1800 business leaders from across the globe as well as President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo, President Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia, and Prime Minister Gon Coulibaly of Ivory Coast.