Gabon President Visits Rwanda

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Odimba and the First Lady Sylvia Bongo Ondimba are expected in Rwanda today for a two-day official visit aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries, particularly in the areas of trade and commerce.

Gabon wants to look closely at Rwanda’s experience with the introduction of bilingualism Rwanda held a trade fair in Gabon last year, and the national carrier, Rwandair flies to Libreville four times a week. Later in the day, President Bongo will be hosted to a state banquette by President Kagame, and the two Heads of State are expected to hold talks at Village Urugwiro tomorrow.

Earlier this week, Gabon, announced plans to include English among its official languages to help build a more competitive workforce.

Rwanda, made English one of its official languages, alongside Kinyarwanda and French, and has since made it the official language of instruction in schools.

“Gabon wants to look closely at Rwanda’s experience with the introduction of bilingualism,” said Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nzesai, an aide to the Gabonese President. “Rwanda used to be a French-speaking country and part of the Francophonie (French-speaking international community).”

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