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President Kagame begins two day visit in Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, 9 November 2012

Today in Lagos, President Kagame arrived for a two day visit where he is scheduled to have an interactive session with young Nigerian professionals and address the annual Spring Lecture held by the Oxbridge Club.

President Kagame began his first day in Lagos with a dinner hosted by Ambassador Joseph Habineza which brought together a dozen of Nigerian investors. With Rwanda and Nigeria enjoying friendly cooperation that extends in field of business, medicine and military training, this dinner aimed to provide investors the opportunity to learn more about Rwanda and opportunities for continued partnership. With the appointment of the first Nigerian Embassy to Rwanda and Rwanda Air's plan to fly five to Lagos five times a week, the areas of cooperation across both nations are expected to expand.

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Rwanda will do a very good job at UNSC - US Under Secretary for Political Affairs

Kigali, 31 October, 2012

President Kagame today received and held discussions with the United States Under Secretary for Political Affairs in the US Department of State, Ambassador Wendy Sherman who called on him at his office, accompanied by the Deputy Under Secretary for African Affairs, Cynthia Akueteh.

After the meeting, Ambassador Sherman said that the US believes that Rwanda will do a good job as member of the UN Security council:

“We had a very substantive discussion with President Kagame about issues in the region and in the world and covered a myriad of subjects over a very long discussion. We began with congratulating Rwanda for gaining a seat on the UN Security Council and the US looks forward to working with Rwanda on issues of common concern in January when Rwanda joins and we will offer whatever support we can.”

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President Kagame receives President Olusegun Obasanjo

Kigali, 31 October 2012

President Kagame today received former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who paid him a courtesy call. President Obasanjo is in the country to attend the 7th African Economic Conference taking place in Kigali, from October 30 until November 2.

Addressing the press after the meeting, President Obasanjo said he had time to discuss with President Kagame issues related to Nigeria and Rwanda as well as the region and the continent at large.

On the issue of the Congo crisis, President Obasanjo who served as the UN Special Envoy to Eastern Congo alongside President Benjamin Mkapa said:

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If it were economists alone, progress would have been tremendous

Kigali, 30 October 2012

President Kagame has said that African economies operate in both national and international political contexts which have a huge impact on choices countries make and the outcomes thereof. While opening the 7th African Economic Conference today at Serena hotel, President Kagame pointed out that if development in African nations depended on the advice of economists alone, the countries would have made tremendous progress:

“In Rwanda, we understand that politics and economics go hand in hand and we have made a conscious and deliberate choice of inclusive development based on our political reality. By and large, they have produced positive results. Growth has been consistent and poverty levels considerably reduced like in the last five years by 12 % - from 56.9% to 44% in five years.”

However, President Kagame pointed out that it is also clear that in Rwanda and other developing countries, development is not driven by local politics alone:

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President Kagame presented with the African Peace Personality Award 2012

Kigali, 29 October 2012

President Kagame was today presented with the African Peace Personality Award 2012 which he won after an online voting process by youth across the continent, organized by the Miss University African Pageant. President Kagame was declared the winner with 817, 201 votes, with the highest number of votes coming from Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria. Other contestants for the award included President Ernest Bai Koroma, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Accepting the award, President Kagame expressed his gratitude and told Miss University Africa:

“We want to look at Africa as our bigger family. The youth must take responsibility for themselves and for each other. Let everyone join in the fight to elevate Africa to the level it should be. It all starts in the mind.”

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