Sun. Jul 12th, 2020

COVID-19: Rwanda receives health equipment from Turkey

Amb. BURCU Çevik hands over the protective masks to Amb. Guillaume Kavaruganda today (PHOTO/Courtesy)

By George Kalisa

Ambassador Guillaume Kavaruganda representing the government of the Republic of Rwanda (GoR) has today received protective masks from Turkish envoy to Rwanda, Amb. BURCU Çevik, at the handover ceremony of protective masks from the people of Turkey.

The donation of protective masks to the people of Rwanda is a gesture of friendship and solidarity between the two countries in the fight against the new Coronavirus.

Rwanda and Turkey have for long enjoyed excellent bilateral relations in various domains including education and security.

Late last year,  Amb. BURCU Çevik said that her country was committed to opening a technical and vocational training (TVET) school in Rwanda.

“We want to open a school in Kigali to provide technical and vocational training. We believe this is important because Rwanda is also relying on its human resources who require quality skills,” Amb. BURCU Çevik told local media.

In its bid to strengthen the Rwandan education system Turkey provides scholarships to Rwandan students, with 45 students enrolled last year under the scholarship programme. Some 35 were enrolled this year.  

On security, Rwanda National Police (RNP) and Turkey National Police (TNP) agreed, late February this year, to strengthen cooperation across many policing disciplines, especially capacity building.

“During the bilateral meeting, the two friendly institutions recommitted to continue working together mainly in various areas of training like counter-terrorism, Special Forces, anti-smuggling and fight against organized crime,” CP John Bosco Kabera, RNP spokesperson told local media.

Traffic Management, Marine, Aviation Security, Crime Intelligence and Command and Control are some of the other areas of cooperation.

Also, the two police forces agreed to timely share information against terrorism among others.

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