Rwanda signs Mining Agreement with Zimbabwe

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Rwanda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zimbabwe that will see the two countries cooperating and exchanging experiences from the extractive industries to develop their respective mining sectors, according to reports.

Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board Minister Francis Gatare was in Harare yesterday where he signed the deal on behalf of Rwanda while Zimbabwe’s Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando signed on behalf of his government.

The MoU is part of bilateral engagements that were initiated by President Mnangagwa and his Rwandan counterpart President Paul Kagame, which saw President Mnangagwa visiting Rwanda last month and expressing Government’s willingness to tap from the East African country’s economic revival model.
Minister Chitando said the two countries sought to cooperate in areas of training, shared expertise to capacitate mining institutions, which allows Zimbabwe to tap best practices from Rwanda’s small scale mining sector.

Chitando said the MoU will strengthen the economic cooperation between Zimbabwe and Rwanda.
He added that, “In terms of the spirit of this MoU, we would like to see how the two countries can cooperate specifically in terms of sharing training facilities in the mining space.”
“Secondly, we would like the two ministries, the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development in Zimbabwe and our sister ministry in Rwanda, to share expertise to capacitate the respective ministries and other institutions in the mining space to develop the potential which exist in the two countries.”

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