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President Kagame receives UNSG Special Representative and Chief Executive for Sustainable Energy

Kigali, 20 May 2014

President Kagame today received visiting UNSG Special Representative and Chief Executive for Sustainable Energy for All, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella who is in the country to launch the Africa Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, on behalf of the UN Secretary General.

Speaking to the Press after the meeting, Kandeh Yumkella said:

“I thanked the President and the Government on behalf of the Secretary General for hosting the launch of the Africa Decade for Sustainable Energy for All. The few trips we have been here, we have been able to see for ourselves the progress Rwanda is making to promote rural electrification and expand power generation. We will be hosting in New York on behalf of the Secretary General the first forum of Sustainable Energy for all Forum, and we want to showcase Rwanda as a success story in Africa for integrating energy transformation as part of the national development strategy.”

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President Kagame receives WTISD Award

Geneva, 16 May 2014

President Kagame today received the 2014 World Telecommunication Information Society Award along with President Park Geun-Hye of Korea and Carlos Slim Helu, chairman of Grupo Carso and President of the Carlos Slim Foundation. The award is presented by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to individuals who have made exceptional contribution to improving lives of world citizens through ICTs.

In remarks following presentation of the award, President Kagame said:

“I want to express the sense of honour I feel in receiving this award. I do it in the humblest of ways knowing that this is an award of value that builds on the efforts of all Rwandans that have worked hard and embraced the policies and strategies of our development, that in a big part have been driven by ICT. This is the result of their efforts and progress and working together in our country, and also working notably with ITU that has been very supportive of efforts in Rwanda.”

President Kagame commended the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and ITU Secretary General, Dr Hamadoun Toure who he said had kept the ICT agenda relevant in socioeconomic development of countries.

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President Kagame receives Angolan Foreign Minister

Kigali, 14 May 2014

President Kagame today received the Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Rebelo Chikoti, who is in Kigali to sign several bilateral agreements with his Rwandan counterpart.

After meeting President Kagame, the Angolan Minister said:

“I came here as an Envoy of President Dos Santos who is President of the Great Lakes Region. Our two countries share very good relations; my counterpart and I will today sign several agreements between our two countries. During this meeting I transmitted greetings from President Dos Santos to President Kagame and expressed the will of President Dos Santos to cooperate with Rwanda, which we are going to define with time. We also talked about our region and the importance of stability and the contributions that all our countries can make. President Kagame is a committed man to peace in this region and we believe that we can only build a strong region if only all our heads of state work in the direction of peace.”

The Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo said:

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Signing of the Standard Gauge Railway agreement with China

Nairobi, 11 May 2014

President Kagame today joined President Kenyatta, President Museveni, President Salva Kiir and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Kenya’s capital Nairobi to witness the signing ceremony of the first phase of the Standard Gauge Railway agreement with China.

The railway project is expected to change the region’s economic landscape by providing efficient and cost effective rail transport for both freight and passengers. It is intended to reduce the cost of doing business by reducing the cost of transport among the countries served by the Northern Corridor.

Passenger trains will have a speed of 120 kilometers per hour while those for freight will be designed to move at 80 kilometers an hour. It will take passengers four hours and 30 minutes to travel from Mombasa to Nairobi while freight will take eight hours.

The signing also included an Institutional Framework based on the Northern Integration Corridor Whereby EAC countries will concurrently build railway portions in their own countries that will connect with Kenyan.

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Growth is about transforming lives

Abuja, 8 May 2014

President Kagame addressed a World Economic Forum plenary session titled Unlocking Job Creating Growth alongside Aliko Dagonte, CEO of Dangote Group; Winnie  Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam; John Rice, the Vice Chairman and President & CEO GE Global Growth & Operations; and Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company.

Moderated by Prof Schwab, founder of WEF, the session addressed strategy to ensure sustainable development. President Kagame called on nations to ensure equitable benefits for growth:

“We are talking about people. We are not talking about a few companies doing well at expense of others. We are talking about equity. We have to ask how an ordinary person can get involved in activity that will increase their income. It’s about asking how many have been reached, how many lives have been changed.”

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