Palais du Peuple
Following the meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda from 06 to 08 May 2013, under the auspices of AWEPA, Rt. Hon. Leon KENGO WA DONDO, President of the Senate of the Democratic Republic of Congo, invited in Kinshasa from 13 to 16 October 2013 his Rwandan counterpart Rt. Hon. Dr. Jean Damascène NTAWUKULIRYAYO as well as Senators members of the Rwandan Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security Committee.
The main focus of this second meeting between members of the Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security Committee of the Senate of Rwanda and those of the External Relations Committee of the Senate of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was to continue discussions that started in Kigali. The objectives of the meeting were as follows:
- Reinvigorate parliamentary diplomacy;
- Promote a constructive, open and conciliatory political dialogue between members of committees of both Senates;
- Create a climate of trust and mutual understanding;
- Strengthen relations of friendship between members of committees of both Senates;
- Promote a dynamic partnership between the two institutions in order to strengthen mechanisms for consultation and constant discussions in the interest of both countries.
After a free and open discussion, members of the two Committees agreed as follows:
1. Peace, Security and Stability
Ø Refer to the commitments contained in the Framework Agreement of Addis Ababa of 24 February 2013;
Ø As Parliamentarians, ensure that those commitments are met.
2. Economic Cooperation
Ø Restart integration projects:
To this end, the two committees decided to organise a symposium at CEPGL Headquarters at Gisenyi, bringing together members of the committees of CEPGL member States responsible for external relations, during the first half of December 2013. The symposium will draw up an assessment of CEPGL and its specialised bodies, namely:
- Development Bank of the Great Lakes States (BDEGL);
- Great Lakes International Electricity Company (SINELAC);
- Institute of Agronomic and Zootechnic Research (IRAZ);
- Great Lakes Energy Agency (EGL).
During this symposium, the two committees intend to invite different stakeholders within those bodies for them to present the current situation of CEPGL projects and challenges.
Ø Likewise, a representative of the World Bank will be brought in to enlighten members of the three committees of CEPGL Countries about means of intervention for the funding of integration projects of the Great Lakes Region promised by the Chairperson of the Institution while he was visiting the sub-region States in May 2013.
The African Development Bank will also be invited to inform members of the three committees about its interventions within this field.
3. Monitoring of Commitments
Ø Maintain dialogue between members of the two committees who will have to meet once every six months and whenever necessary;
Ø Reactivate the functioning of parliamentary friendship groups between the two countries;
4. Venue of the next meeting
Ø The two parties have agreed that their next meeting be held in Kigali on a date to be determined.
Delegates of the Senate of the Republic of Rwanda thanked the Senate of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the attention and hospitality extended to them during their stay in Kinshasa.
The two committees express their heartfelt gratitude to the Heads of State of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo for their support towards the organisation of such meetings.
Kinshasa, 15 October 2013
For the Committee on Foreign Affairs,
Cooperation and Security of the Senate
Of the Republic of Rwanda
Hon. Dr. BIZIMANA Jean Damascene