Rwanda envoy to Germany, Christine NKULIKIYINKA, signs the agreement, as state officials look on (courtesy photo)
The Germany state of Rhineland-Palatinate has concluded an agreement with Rwanda under which Rwandan medical students will be trained by German specialists as the country tries to increase its medical personnel.
The agreement was signed in Mainz on January 10, 2013, between Rwanda’s envoy to Germany Ambassador Christine NKULIKIYINKA on the one hand, and two Rhineland-Palatinate state ministers in charge of health and science.
Commenting about the agreement, Ambassador NKULIKIYINKA said the deal is aimed at creating a future skilled workforce for the country’s health sector, at a time when more than 94 percent of Rwandans have access to free health care through insurance.
“This move is a further proof of the importance and uniqueness of the partnership” between the two countries, said the envoy at the event. “While in recent years the focus was on securing the basic needs, we are preparing today for the future of a high quality health care in Rwanda.”
As part of the agreement, there will be a mutual exchange of professional support. There will also be joint research projects and exchange programs for students are planned.
Mainz University’s top German Medical Center will be involved in the project as the implementing agency.
The State of Rhineland-Palatinate has maintained a unique partnership with Rwanda for decades, and senior leaders from the state have been to Rwanda on several occasions.