RWANDA —Beijing Genomics Institution (BGI), a leading  Chinese genomics organization headquartered in Yantian, Shenzhen, has donated medical equipment and supplies valued at US$1.6 million to the Rwanda Biological Center (RBC) to bolster cervical cancer screening efforts in Rwanda.

RBC is Rwanda’s central health implementation organization, which conducts scientific research, offers diagnostic services, and implements new health treatments to safeguard the country from diseases and other health hazards.

The donation ceremony took place on April 30th and was attended by  Ambassador Wang Xuekun, Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda; Hon. Mr. Pudence Rubingisa , the Governor of Rwanda Eastern Province, and Ms. Nathalie Niyonagira , the Mayor of Ngoma District.

Other notable figures include Dr. Albert Tuyishime, Director of the Institute of HIV, Disease Prevention, and Control of RBC; Dr. Theoneste Maniragaba, Director of the Cancer Diseases Unit of RBC; Ms. Du Yutao, COO of BGI; and Mr. Gao Zhiqiang, the Economic Counselor of the Embassy.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Wang emphasized the longstanding friendship between China and Rwanda since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1971.

He went on to highlight various areas of cooperation, including high-level exchanges, trade, investment, infrastructure, education, and people-to-people exchanges.

The Ambassador also underscored China’s contributions to Rwanda’s healthcare sector, citing the construction and expansion of Kibungo Hospital and Masaka Hospital, as well as the dispatching of 24 medical teams to Rwanda, which have significantly enhanced the country’s healthcare landscape.

Moreover, Ambassador Wang expressed China’s commitment to furthering cooperation in the health sector, leveraging the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation as a pivotal opportunity.

He pledged to collaborate closely with Rwanda to usher in a new era of bilateral cooperation in healthcare, aiming to elevate bilateral relations to unprecedented heights.

For his part, Hon. Mr. Pudence Rubingisa conveyed his heartfelt gratitude for China’s unwavering support and affirmed Rwanda’s readiness to collaborate with China for the betterment of the health and well-being of its citizens.

In her remarks, Ms. Du Yutao reiterated BGI’s dedication to fulfilling its social responsibility.

She went on to elaborate on BGI’s commitment to making substantial contributions to China-Rwanda health cooperation, reflecting the organization’s ethos of corporate citizenship and global health engagement.

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