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Rwanda and Mali signed 19 agreements in various fields to boost and strengthen relations and cooperation between the two countries.

The agreements were signed on May 27, 2024, at the Kigali Convention Centre when Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincent Biruta, and his Malian counterpart, Abdoulaye Diop, officially concluded the 1st Joint Permanent Commission meeting between Rwanda and Mali.

A Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) meeting convened between Rwanda and Mali in Kigali on Monday, May 27 focused on discussing avenues for trade and cooperation.

Together, they signed 19 agreements in various fields including defense, security, justice, health, mineral resources, oil and gas, agriculture, fisheries, environment, and climate change.

Additionally, agreements were reached on matters such as citizenship, culture, tourism, higher education, transport, national reconciliation, and the free movement of people and goods.

Dr. Vincent Biruta emphasized that Rwanda and Mali share many common goals in terms of economic progress, increased cooperation, and continental solidarity. Both countries are united by a shared vision of inclusive, sustainable, and collaborative development based on mutual respect and trade.

“We also have other draft agreements that we need to finalize, including an agreement on non-taxation, an agreement to prevent tax evasion, a memorandum of understanding to accelerate the implementation of the agreement on the African continental free trade area, and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of sports,” Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

In his remarks, Mali’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdoulaye Diop, emphasized the importance of establishing solidarity between both countries.

Mali’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdoulaye Diop.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincent Biruta, and his Malian counterpart, Abdoulaye Diop, sign the agreements in a joint meeting in Kigali.

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