Outstanding success story of reconciliation

Federal Minister Müller during a visit of the memorial to the more than 800,000 victims of the genocide that took place in Rwanda 22 years ago

11.08.2016 |

Kigali – During a visit of the memorial to the more than 800,000 victims of the genocide that took place in Rwanda 22 years ago, Federal Minister Müller paid tribute to the country and its tremendous achievement of reconciliation.

"What Rwanda has accomplished over the years is a miracle of peacebuilding. This reconciliation process can serve as an exemplar for ending other bloody conflicts and building a peaceful future for people. Peace and dialogue are the foundations for rebuilding a country. Rwanda has mastered this challenge in a commendable manner," Minister Müller said.

Germany will further increase its cooperation with the economically rising country. Plans include, for instance, establishing a German-African centre of digitalisation. The centre is to facilitate networking between African and German start-ups and be a point of contact for businesses. In addition, the successful cooperation in vocational education and training is to be expanded.

Federal Minister Müller during a visit of the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre in Kigali

"Rwanda offers every opportunity for more private investment, including from Germany," Minister Müller said. "Together, we will work to implement, over the next few years, successful technology and innovation partnerships and encourage German businesses to get involved in Rwanda. Having made remarkable development progress, the country offers the necessary framework conditions."

Rwanda has developed successful and effective administrative structures and is successfully fighting corruption, helped by its supreme audit institution, the Office of the Auditor General. Enormous progress can be seen in the development cooperation between Rwanda and Germany in these areas. Progress is also reflected in migration numbers. There is hardly any illegal migration from Rwanda to Europe.

Prior to his visit in East Africa, Minister Müller had travelled to Niger to see for himself what the situation is like in the poorest country in Africa. The main focus was on the challenges Niger is faced with as the main transit country for refugees from Western and Central Africa. Some 150,000 people a year pass through the desert town of Agadez before crossing the Sahara on their journey to Libya and onwards across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. In the future, Germany will support Niger more than it has so far in mastering this difficult challenge; above all, it will support host communities along the migration routes, for instance the Tuareg in Agadez, but it will also help to develop returnee programmes.

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