Turkey-Rwanda Relations

Turkish Embassy in Kigali started its functions as of December 2014. Rwanda’s Embassy in Ankara was opened in August 2013.

Foreign Minister H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Rwanda on 30-31 May 2016, during which 3 Agreements/MOUs were signed.

Minister of Trade and Industry of Rwanda attended the “Turkey-Africa Economy and Business Forum” in Istanbul on 2-3 November 2016.

Prime Minister of Rwanda H.E. Edouard Ngirente attended the “Second Turkey-Africa Economy and Business Forum” on 10-11 Ekim 2018 in İstanbul.

H.E. Richard Sezibera, Rwanda’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, paid a visit to Turkey on 23-25 June 2019. This visit was the first official visit from Rwanda to Turkey at the level of Foreign Ministers.

Foreign Minister H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, during Doha Forum in December. H.E. Çavuşoğlu also met H.E. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Rwanda, in Davos during the World Economic Forum.

In 2019 trade volume between the two countries increased to 32,4 million USD and to 81 million in 2020.

The Turkish investments in Rwanda surpassed 400 million US Dollars. According to the figures of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Turkey provided over 13 percent of all Foreign Direct Investments to Rwanda within the same period.

Turkey, within the framework of Türkiye Scholorships Programme, allocates scholarships for university education to the students from Rwanda. During 2019-2020 academic year, 35 Rwandan students earned scholarship. Since 1992, 180 scholarships have been provided to Rwandan students.