As part of Malta’s ongoing consultation with the African States, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo discussed Malta-Rwanda collaboration in trade, education and in other sectors of mutual interest with the Rwandan Minister for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation Vincent Biruta as well as other senior officials, including the High Commissioner accredited to Malta, Yamina Karitanji.
In January 2020, Malta was one of the EU member states to launch a comprehensive ‘Strategy for Africa’.
Minister Bartolo said that Malta’s strategy articulates a vision and a role for Malta in building the Africa of the future, recognizing the importance of establishing a partnership of equals while cooperating on top priorities agreed and discussed with African leaders.
The two ministers also discussed preparations for Rwanda’s hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which has been postponed to mid-2021. Enhanced collaboration between Malta and Rwanda and commitment to ensure that relations between the two countries continue to flourish were also discussed.
Minister Bartolo was accompanied by Malta’s Permanent Representative to the African Union, Ambassador Ronald Micallef.