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Presidential Advisory Council meets in Boston

Boston, 22 September 2012

President Kagame on Saturday chaired the second Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) meeting of the year in Boston. PAC members discussed media reports that give Rwanda a bad image, Investments, tapping into the potential and interest of Chinese investors so as to harness Rwanda’s progress. Formed in September 2007, the 23 member council also discussed development and the economic situation in the world, and looked at ways of increasing public and private investments so as to achieve vision 2020.

The Minister of Finance John Rwangombwa said:

“We discussed issues like the international media reports, mostly by people who don’t understand Rwanda and what we can do to ensure people know what Rwanda is and what it stands for so as to mitigate this and minimize on negative reporting due to misconception.”

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President Kagame visits MIT Institute in Boston

Boston, September 20, 2012

President Paul Kagame today visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The President who is on a working visit to the US to attend several functions including Rwanda Day and UN General Assembly, was given a tour of the MIT Media Lab, where designers, engineers, artists and scientists are conducting more than 350 projects, ranging from neuroengineering, to early education, to developing the city car of the future.

The Chairman and CEO of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), Rodrigo Arboleda, hosted President Kagame during his visit.

A project that was born in the MIT Media Lab,OLPC has committed to deploying 100,000 laptops across Rwanda and has therefore created a major learning center which aims to meet the educational and learning needs of students in Rwanda and other countries in Africa. The tour also included a visit to the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group, lead by Mitch Resnick, which is developing new technologies that engage people; especially children and teens, in creative learning experiences.

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President Kagame addresses students at Peking University

Beijing, 15 September 2012

President Kagame today addressed over 100 students at Peking University, which is believed to be one of the oldest Universities in China. Professor Justin Lin, a former World Bank chief economist and author of “The Quest for Prosperity” welcomed President Kagame by reflecting on his visit to Rwanda.

“I was very inspired by the development in Rwanda and moved by the enthusiasm of its citizens for their future and the motivation the government to serve the people. I am convinced that if Taiwan can do it, China can do it, and Rwanda can also change from a low income nation to a high income one within one to two generations. President Kagame is the man who can make it happen.”

President Kagame gave a historical perspective of the relationship between China and Africa dating back to the 15th century by describing three phases, beginning with the 15th century trade with Malindi, followed by China's support for decolonization of multiple African countries and leading up to the third and current phase.

“It has never been about subjugation. Instead, China-Africa relations have been about cooperation."

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We should graduate from aid

Beijing, 15 September 2012

President Kagame today addressed over 100 students at Peking University, which is believed to be one of the oldest Universities in China. Professor Justin Lin, a former World Bank chief economist and author of “The Quest for Prosperity” welcomed President Kagame by reflecting on his visit to Rwanda.

“I was very inspired by the development in Rwanda and moved by the enthusiasm of its citizens for their future and the motivation the government to serve the people. I am convinced that if Taiwan can do it, China can do it, and Rwanda can also change from a low income nation to a high income one within one to two generations. President Kagame is the man who can make it happen.”

President Kagame gave a historical perspective of the relationship between China and Africa dating back to the 15th century by describing three phases, beginning with the 15th century trade with Malindi, followed by China's support for decolonization of multiple African countries and leading up to the third and current phase.

“It has never been about subjugation. Instead, China-Africa relations have been about cooperation."

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President Kagame attends Rwanda investment session

Tianjin, 12 September 2012

President Kagame who is attending the World Economic Forum for the second day, today attended a session on Rwanda hosted by Minister of Finance, John Rwangombwa and Acting CEO of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Clare Akamanzi.

Participants at the session that provided an in-depth perspective on Rwanda's economy and investment opportunities was attended by potential global investors drawn from various sectors, including education, ICT, energy and tourism. Many of those present expressed their commitment to making Rwanda their next investment destination.

"We are interested in investing in solar energy, tourism resorts and the ICT Park. I look forward to visiting the beautiful city of Kigali and to taking forward new projects for Rwanda,” Mr. S.P. Shukla, President of Mahinda and Mahindra Ltd said.

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