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President Kagame receives former Arsenal FC Captain

Kigali, 3 May 2014

President Kagame today received Tony Adams, former Arsenal Captain and England defender who is in the country as part of the Airtel sponsored Arsenal Clinic Football Academy. Tony Adams presented a special gift from Arsenal FC Manager, Arsene Wenger, to President Kagame in recognition of his contribution to sports and football, and also for being a prominent Arsenal fan.

Speaking to journalists after meeting President Kagame, Tony Adams said:

“We talked about football, Arsenal and the Emirates.....we also talked about what we are doing here, about developing young talents and giving them opportunities to rise as stars. President Kagame is so humble. It’s remarkable what he has done in this country. I think Rwandans feel so lucky to have such a great President and leader.”

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Regional Heads of State renew commitment to integration

Nairobi, 2 May 2014

Today in Nairobi, President Kagame together with President Kenyatta of Kenya, President Museveni of Uganda, President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, 2nd Vice President Gervais Rufyikiri of Burundi and Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda of Tanzania held the 5th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit to discuss ongoing plans to achieve regional integration.

The Summit convened to review the progress made on implementation of the directives given during the 4th Northern Corridor Integration Projects began with the launch of the Kenya National Electronic Single Window System.

The system is aimed at facilitating the tracking, payment and President Kagame unveiled movement of goods to and from Kenya:

“We look forward to Rwanda’s continued active participation towards  making integration a reality.”

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President Kagame to attend 5th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit

 

Nairobi, 1 May 2014

President Kagame arrived in Nairobi to attend the 5th Northern Corridor Integration Projects summit. The summit hosted by President Kenyatta will bring together President Kagame, President Museveni and President Salva Kiir for a one day discussion on the progress of the projects agreed upon during previous summits.

The Northern Corridor Integration Projects is an initiative aimed at fast tracking regional development through regional infrastructure, trade and political and economic integration.

The meeting will begin with the launch of the Kenya National Electronic Single Window System, aimed at "simplifying trade processes for regional competitiveness." The system centralizes trade services such as tracking of goods, custom clearance, electronic payment including through mobile money and integration with Kenya Revenue Authority.

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Move beyond misperception, invest in Africa

Los Angeles, 30 April 2014

During the second day of the Milken Institute Global Conference, President Kagame joined a panel on increasing access to global capital alongside Mark Cutis, the chief investment officer of Abu Dhabi Investment Council; Jay Ireland, President and CEO of General Electrics Africa; Seth Merrin, Founder and CEO of Liquidnet Holdings; Ashish Thakkar, founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation.

The panelists discussed challenges and opportunities that will ensure the increase access to capital in Africa including perception of Africa, business regulations and fighting corruption.

Speaking on Rwanda’s growth, President Kagame emphasized the ongoing growth trend and opportunities for investment across Africa:

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We want to be in charge of our own future

Los Angeles, 28 April 2014

President Kagame ended his first day of the three day visit to Los Angeles with a reception hosted by Gen Next and moderated by Ambassador Pierre Prosper, former Ambassador for War Crimes.

Introducing the event, Ambassador Prosper described President Kagame:

“The President is a hero for the way he has positioned his country for success for the future and for ending the genocide.”

Addressing the audience, President Kagame described Rwanda’s history as a testament to the both the worst and the best of humanity:

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