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Inclusive growth key to citizen participation

London, 22 October 2014

This morning in London, President Kagame gave the keynote address at the UK-Rwanda Trade and Investment forum that brought together over three hundred business leaders in various sectors including energy, mining and banking.

Speaking on the current business opportunities in Rwanda, DFID Minister of State, Desmond Swayne, described Rwanda as a transformed nation:

“Rwanda is a country that is absolutely transformed from the human disaster area of 20 years when the world turned its back on Rwanda into the modern, safe, prosperous and corruption free zone that it is today. It is an example of what Prime Minister has called the golden thread of development where open and free markets, coincide with a government with strong institutions that are accountable and democratic and give rise to a peaceful, stable government so that people can trade their way to prosperity. In that respect, Rwanda sets an example to the continent and the rest of the world.”

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Don't wait for anybody to do you a favor

London, 22 October 2014

President Kagame ended the second day of his visit with an interactive discussion with hundreds of Rwandans living in the UK and neighboring nations. The Rwandans gathered at Grange Hotel welcomed President Kagame to London and thanked him for the continuous inclusive relationship.

Thanking the participants for their support, President Kagame called on Rwandans to continue standing up for their dignity:

“If you are unwilling to fight for what you believe in, you are worth nothing. A nation and the dignity of its citizens are worth fighting for.”

“No one should decide how our citizens live, ration how much they eat or how much they get out of their lives. Those who have lived through it should never experience it again. Those who have not experienced it should never have to. This proves that we should not wait for anyone to do us a favor.” President Kagame added.

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President Kagame speaks at Chatham House

London 21 October 2014

Thank you very much for the invitation to join you here today. I am happy to be back in an institution that encourages these important conversations.

Next year, the modern international system, which began with the founding of the United Nations in 1945, will be 70 years old.

Three generations after the horrendous destruction of the Second World War, we live in a world transformed for the better. The pace of economic and human development has never been so rapid, or touched so large a share of the world’s people.

Some of the fastest gains are being recorded in East Africa, to which Rwanda belongs. In the region, we are responding with concrete steps to deepen our common market, and build the infrastructure we need to compete globally.

This progress comes, because accountable governance and free markets, increasingly allow the benefits of science and technology, to reach almost anyone on the globe.

The cooperation and partnership facilitated by the international institutions have continued to contribute greatly to these trends. There is, in short, a lot to be optimistic about.

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Investments should be about building systems

London, 20 October 2014

This morning, President Kagame began his three day visit to London with the Global African Investment Summit. The event themed ‘Realising Africa’s Investment Potential’ brought together over 300 business leaders for a discussion aimed at bringing private sectors and governments together to discuss access to finance and bankable projects on the continent.

The summit opened with a presidential panel with President Kagame, President Museveni of Uganda, President Mahama of Ghana and Prime Minister Pinda of Tanzania. Speaking on the ebola crisis, President Kagame began by calling for the right approach to addressing the crisis:

“We need to work together regionally, strengthen country systems to tackle problems that affect African citizens. Epidemics like Ebola remind us that investments should be about building systems.”

Pointing to challenges including infrastructure and energy among others, President Kagame called on investors to focus on the opportunities:

“There are different challenges but there are also opportunities. Between the resources that East Africa or Sub Saharan Africa has and the challenges, right in between there are real opportunities and solutions.”

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President Kagame presides over Abunzi 10 years Anniversary celebrations

Kigali, 17 October 2014

President Kagame today addressed hundreds of community mediators during celebrations to mark 10 years since the establishment of Abunzi committees. Drawn from Rwanda traditional practices, the community mediation committees were established to settle disputes among people, to reduce numbers and save time spent in courts over minor disputes.

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