Aid for East African countries will remain Poland's development aid priority - this is the key message of the visit by MFA Undersecretary of State Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz to Kenya and Rwanda on 15-18 January.
Her talks in Kenya focused around Polish transformation. Kenyan Foreign Ministry and Planning Ministry officials expressed interest in the possibility of benefiting from Poland's experiences in implementing their reforms.
Discussions with the Rwandan authorities concerned, among others, plans to extend a centre - opened in 2009 thanks to Polish aid - run by the Order of Franciscan Sisters Servants of the Cross. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to continue its support by, among others, financing vocational education of children under the centre's tutelage. Representatives of Rwanda's Ministry of Education expressed their appreciation for Poland's assistance and promised to support its operation during talks with Deputy Minister Pełczyńska-Nałęcz.
"Thanks to its active development cooperation, Poland is not an anonymous partner in East Africa" said Deputy Minister Pełczyńska-Nałęcz in summing up her visit. "Polish taxpayer money is used well, helping to effectively improve the situation of the most vulnerable, like that of the blind and sight impaired children in Kibeho, Rwanda, added the Deputy Minister.