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President Kagame addresses AU Peace and Security Council

Addis Ababa, 29 January 2013


This morning, President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame attended the African Union Summit held in Addis Ababa. The opening ceremony of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly began with the handover of the chairmanship from Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania.

In the remarks concluding his chairmanship, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn thanked all African Union members for their support and urged them to work towards a dignified Africa:

President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame attend 22nd Ordinary Assembly of African Union in Addis Ababa


Addis Ababa, 28 January 2014

President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame joined heads of State and Government for the 22nd Ordinary Assembly of the African Union. Held in Addis Abeba, the summit began with the ordinary session of the Permanent Representative Committee followed by the Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union held on the 27th and 28th January in Bahir Dar.


In a presentation titled Africa 2063, made to the Executive Council, AU Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma addresses Africa’s failures over the past decades:


If Africa was one country in 2006, we would have been the 10th largest economy in the world. Instead of acting as one, with virtually every resource in the world and over a billion people, we acted as fifty-five small and fragmented individual countries. We did not realize our power, but instead relied on donors, that we euphemistically called partners.”

President Kagame presides over Rwanda Defence Forces Retreat

Kigali, 27 January 2014


President Kagame, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of Rwanda Defence Forces, today presided over the Closing of the Rwanda Defence Forces mini Retreat held in Kigali. The Retreat was aimed at reviewing the implementation of the retreat decisions held in June last year and forging the way forward.

President Kagame was briefed on the outcomes of the mini Retreat, and strategies undertaken to make RDF continue fulfilling its Mission of defending the sovereignty of Rwanda, act as a catalyst for fast-tracking Rwanda’s aspiration to achieve Middle Income Status and development as envisaged in Vision 2020 and EDPRS2.

President Kagame receives a delegation of US Senators, Congressmen

Kigali, 25 January 2014


President Kagame today received a delegation of US Senators and Congressmen led by Senator James Inhofe who have been on a three-day visit to the country. During their visit, the delegation met with the Ministers of Defense and Trade as well as Officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Defense briefed the delegation on Peace and Security in the Great Lakes in general and in the Central African Republic, in particular. The delegation also discussed the prospects to increase trade between Rwanda and the US with the Minister of Trade.

Speaking to the Press after the meeting, Senator James Inhofe said:

Access to ICT key to facing challenges

Davos, 24 January 2014

On the last day of the World Economic Forum attended an event organized on the role of broadband in sustainable development. Organized by International Telecommunications Union and the Azerbaijan Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies and moderated by Jeffrey Sachs, the event brought together leaders in the sector to answer the question “why broadband should be prioritized in the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.”

With Rwanda’s continuous investment in ICT, President Kagame shared Rwanda’s commitment to the use of ICT for transformation:

“People used to think that broadband is meant for a few people and cannot be accessed by the majority. We have found that with the right investments, we can make it accessible and affordable. People are now able to use ICT for health, education and to access markets for their agricultural products. The results speak for themselves in every part of Africa.”

As co-chair of the Broadband Commission, President Kagame also thanked the broadband commissioners for their dedication to increasing broadband accessibility.

ITU Secretary General, Ahmadou Toure explained the goals of the Broadband Commission as essential to sustainable development.

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