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President Kagame to attends 4th EU-Africa Summit

Brussels, 1 April 2014

President Kagame President Kagame traveled to Brussels where he attended the 4th EU-Africa Summit themed “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.” The summit brought together leaders from Africa and the European Union to discuss issues including peace and security, economy and climate change.

The summit also held a special meeting on the Central African Republic hosted by President Van Rompuy, President Hollande of France and President Abdel Aziz of Mauritania. Rwanda currently has 800 troops serving as peacekeepers in Central African Republic.

Received by President Kagame in March of this year, the European Union Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs announced a new six-year development partnership between Rwanda and the European Union:

We are not working to become other people, we know who we are

Kigali, 29 March 2014

President Kagame today joined residents of Nyamirambo, Nyarugenge District in the city of Kigali for Global Umuganda, part of ongoing activities in line with commemorating 20 years since genocide occurred in Rwanda. The activity which was also attended by various diplomats and dignitaries, involved laying the foundation of a community hall for a genocide survivors’ village.

President Kagame told Rwandans not to work to become other people but endeavor to know who they are as they proudly work to build their nation:

“We are not working to become other people, we know who we are and we are working to build a country that we are proud of. We must work hard because if we wait for others to develop our country, we will not make progress. Any external help must only come as an addition to our own efforts to better ourselves. We are prepared and determined to continue on the path we are on to develop our nation.”

President Kagame receives Seychelles Speaker

Kigali, 28 March 2014

President Kagame today received the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Seychelles, Dr. Patrick Herminie who has been on a 5-day visit to Rwanda.

Speaking to the press after meeting President Kagame, Dr. Patrick Herminie said Rwanda and Seychelles have a lot to do together in order to grow their economies:

“Seychelles has made significant advancement mainly in terms of tourism and I believe Rwanda whose national carrier now goes to different places of the continent can take advantage of this. Rwandair could not only promote Rwanda tourism in Seychelles but can also ferry merchandise to Seychelles from Rwanda especially Agriculture products and bring whats needed from Seychelles to Rwanda.”

President Kagame receives NFC Group CEO

Kigali, 27 March 2014

President Kagame today received Julian Ozanne, the group CEO of New Forests Company which produces electric poles and high productivity charcoal. The company has been in Rwanda since the signing of an agreement with the Government of Rwanda in July 2011.

Julian Ozanne told members of the press after meeting President Kagame that the company uses the best technology available today to produce electricity poles and charcoal.

“President Kagame has been very supportive from the beginning and we discussed on how to work efficiently and get more value from the forests.”

The Minister in charge of natural resources, Stanislaus Kamanzi said the production of electric poles locally would boost the rural electrification program and will save the country a lot of foreign exchange since they will no longer be exported.

ICGLR Committee calls for strong and immediate action against FDLR

Luanda, 25 May 2014

Today in Luanda, President Kagame, President Museveni, President Sassou Nguesso, President Kabila and President Zuma gathered for a meeting on regional security hosted by President Dos Santos of Angola.

As members of the ICGLR committee charged with monitoring the situation in DRC alongside special guest President Zuma, the heads of states met to discuss additional ways to neutralize negative forces operating in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Opening the summit, President Dos Santos who is currently serving as the President of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region, urged members to take further steps to bring peace to the region:

“We refer to groups of ADF and FDLR and the need to undertake the multidisciplinary action in political, social and military areas to achieve full and lasting peace.”

President Dos Santos also called on countries to play an active part to prevent safe haven of negative forces on their territory:

“Countries should not allow their territories to be used for carrying out hostile actions against other states. We cannot allow rebel groups, without any social support base to continue to undermine the rule of law and the integrity of national borders, to destabilize the economic and social life and to keep the populations hostage of their illegal and criminal practices.”

Following an explanation of President Kagame and President Sassou Nguesso on FDLR, the summitcommitted to continue repatriation of FDLR members who are willing to disarm and return voluntarily and to engage urgent military actions against those unwilling to disarm.

The meeting concluded with all members agreeing to adopt a general approach for fighting against negative forces, including political and economic sanctions against all negative forces; to strengthen the regional and international cooperation in identification and neutralization of leaders of all negative forces sill active in the region and to work on the quick repatriation, in collaboration with the United nations, of the ex-M23 elements from Uganda and Rwanda. The summit also commended the promulgation of the amnesty law by the DRC Government and called upon DRC government to speed up the implementation of Nairobi Declaration in order to facilitate the resolution of the issue of ex-M23.

The committee of the ICGLR was established during the last meeting of the ICGLR held in January of this year. The aim of this committee is to monitor the situation in DRC.


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