Japan's National Day Reception 2020

Minister Biruta and Ambassador
Speech by Ambassador
On February 20, the Embassy of Japan held its National Day Reception celebrating the 60th birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan at the Ambassador’s residence.
Around 180 invitees from government, business, media, diplomatic corps, and international organizations attended the reception. Hon. Dr. Vincent BIRUTA, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation was the guest of honor.
Speech by Minister BIRUTA
Interview with Ambassador
H.E. Mr. Masahiro IMAI, Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda, said in his speech, “Since my arrival in Kigali, the number of Japanese companies doing business in Rwanda further went up from 27 to 30. It is my firm conviction that Japan and Rwanda have a wide spectrum of unexplored business opportunities and it would be my greatest pleasure if my experience as a businessman could be any help for you to tangibly identify them. Furthermore, Japan has a long history of working with Rwanda for its agricultural development, and last year, Japan and Rwanda signed the Exchange of Notes (E/N) for Japan’s yen loan up to 10 billion yen, equivalent to 90 million US Dollars, ”Sector Policy Loan for Nutrition Improvement through Agriculture Transformation.” Moreover, this year the Embassy celebrates the 10th anniversary of its establishment and Japan will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Also, under the “Host Town Initiative”, the City of Hachimantai in Iwate Prefecture will welcome the Rwandan Olympians as the location of their preparation and training camp.”
Minister BIRUTA said in his speech “2019 was an important year in our bilateral relationship with two visits of His Excellency Mr. Paul KAGAME, President of Rwanda to Japan.” Among some of the projects realized, he mentioned the Nzobe-Ntora Principal Water Transmission Pipeline in the City of Kigali, the sector policy loan signed last year, Rwasat-One, the first Rwandan-made satellite prototype created in collaboration between Japanese and Rwandans. Additionally, “Japan invested 2.1 billion yen in Rwanda in agro-processing, restauration, horticulture, mining, ICT and service sectors. Currently there are 30 Japanese Companies doing business in Rwanda. We hope that in 2020, we will increase this number and create even more business opportunities between our two countries. As mentioned by Ambassador IMAI, this is also an important year for Japan with the Olympics and Paralympics Games and I hope that this major sport event will trigger more cooperation in sports between our two countries.”
At the residence, the guests could take a look at some of the products and activities showcased by Japanese companies based in Rwanda which included Rwanda Nut Company (nuts products), Organic Solution Rwanda Ltd. (microbiological products), Victoria Motors Rwanda Ltd. (exhibition of a brand-new Mitsubishi PHEV). 
The reception was covered by various Rwandan media.