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President Kagame joins Cyeru residents for Umuganda

Kigali, 30 August 2014

This morning, President Kagame joined residents of Cyeru village in Rusororo sector in Gasabo district in monthly community service to dig a water trench. The water trench will be 16 Km and will provide water to over 2000 people in the surrounding community.

Speaking to residents of Cyeru, President Kagame pointed to the importance of every Rwandan in rebuilding Rwanda over the last twenty years:

“The progress we have made would not have been possible without your willingness to move forward and face our challenges.”

President Kagame added that the responsibility to ensure Rwanda’s tragic history is never repeated:

“I see children here. They are lucky not to have lived our tragic history. Let us make sure they never do.”

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President Kagame meets delegation from Japan

Kigali, 28 August 2014

This morning at Urugwiro Village, President Kagame met with a Japanese delegation composed of representatives from Government Institutions and Private Companies of 46 led by Hon. Hirotaka Ishihara, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Speaking to the group, President Kagame encouraged increased investment and partnership between Japan and Rwanda:“Japan should not be shy about investing in Africa. There are opportunities for both sides to benefit. The capacity for partnership has not been exploited fully.”

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Serve every Rwandan equally

Kigali, 18 August 2014

While presiding over the Swearing in ceremony of new Ministers not present during last swearing in July, Members of Parliament and Deputy Inspector General of Police, President Kagame told all government officials present to serve every Rwandan equally and to take a stance against trafficking of young girls:

“We are here to fulfill our responsibility to the Rwandan people and ensure development of our nation. Ending trafficking of girls goes beyond law enforcement authorities; it is the responsibility of every citizen.”

President Kagame also urged the officials to initiate ways to curb increased levels of road accidents on Rwandan roads:

“The number of people who have fallen victims to road accidents is unacceptable and we need to put an end to it. The life of every individual is too valuable to be lost in accidents we have seen over the last weeks.”

President Kagame ended his speech by thanking government officials for their hard work and reminding them that team work and nationwide contribution is the secret to continue building Rwanda and serving Rwandans.

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President Kagame concludes visit to Washington, DC

Washington DC, 7 August 2014

This morning, President Kagame addressed a gathering of business leaders at a breakfast hosted by the Washington, DC chapter of the Young Presidents' Organizations.

Speaking on leadership and the progress Rwanda has experienced in the last two decades, President Kagame pointed to the choices Rwanda made to move forward:

“When faced with a challenging situation, you ask yourself what is the alternative. We chose to turn around our situation and leave history behind. We chose to give confidence to our people that they can overcome any adversity.”

President Kagame shared Rwanda's vision for the future as one defined by transformation and prosperity for all. He added that development of individual nations can only be sustainable with the transformation of the continent adding that Rwanda was committed to progress at home and beyond.

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US to partner with Rwanda to build rapid peacekeeping forces

Washington, DC, 6 August 2014

On the last of the US Africa Summit, over fifty leaders held an interactive discussion on the future of investment in Africa, peace and security on the continent as well as governance.

President Obama announced a new initiative over the next three to five years to build capacity of African militaries to rapidly deploy peacekeepers as well as strengthen security institutions. The United States will partner with several African nations including Rwanda.

President Kagame described this initiative as an additional means to ensure Africans remain at the forefront of solving their challenges:

We are a country shaped and informed by our own history, where peace and security was lacking and resulted in what happened 20 years ago. This is about enabling African to stand on its own feet and deal with issue of development and growth. We are very happy to work with our colleagues across the continent and deal with different challenges including trying to keep and maintain peace in our continent.”

The two day summit ended with a renewed commitment to strengthen mutually beneficial partnership between the US and Africa with an emphasis on expanding trade between Africa and the US, partnering to ensure peace and security and working together to ensure sustainable development.

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