The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MINAFFET)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for establishing and maintaining quality relationships with other countries for peace, security and stability of Rwanda, the region and the world while participating in wealth creation through more efficient cooperation for development, promotion of investments and tourism, the transfer of knowhow and technologies, and more equitable worldwide trade regional integration.

The functions of the ministry are as follows;

  • Promoting good relations based on respect, mutual interests and complementarily between Rwanda and other countries, aiming at enhancing peace, security and development.
  • Strengthening the bilateral relations, extending them to countries having no historical relations with Rwanda.
  • Promoting and protecting the interests of Rwanda along with those of the Rwandan Diaspora.
  • Mobilizing and attracting foreign investments into Rwanda, and making arrangements for Rwandan products to access foreign markets.
  • Mobilizing Rwandans living abroad and getting them involved in their country’s development.
  • Mobilizing bilateral and multilateral cooperation for development’s sake through re invigorating good relations with other countries, regional and international organizations.
  • Make arrangements and canvas for negotiations pertaining to bilateral and multilateral agreements.
  • Conduct a follow up of the implementation, the evaluation and updating of bilateral and multilateral agreements.
  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of Rwandan diplomatic and consular missions abroad.
  • Develop and keep up good working relations with the foreign diplomatic and consular missions, regional and international organizations accredited in Rwanda.
  • Present a positive image of Rwanda in such a way as to correct the outside world’s wrong perception of the unity and history of the Rwandan people, this being a diehard colonial legacy.
  • Contribute to the efforts of the international community in combating terrorism.
  • Promote the human rights and , in particular, combat genocide and other crimes against humanity.
  • Contribute to the creation of wealth through the promotion of regional integration and equitable world trade.

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