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President Kagame addresses students at Peking University

Beijing, 15 September 2012

President Kagame today addressed over 100 students at Peking University, which is believed to be one of the oldest Universities in China. Professor Justin Lin, a former World Bank chief economist and author of “The Quest for Prosperity” welcomed President Kagame by reflecting on his visit to Rwanda.

“I was very inspired by the development in Rwanda and moved by the enthusiasm of its citizens for their future and the motivation the government to serve the people. I am convinced that if Taiwan can do it, China can do it, and Rwanda can also change from a low income nation to a high income one within one to two generations. President Kagame is the man who can make it happen.”

President Kagame gave a historical perspective of the relationship between China and Africa dating back to the 15th century by describing three phases, beginning with the 15th century trade with Malindi, followed by China's support for decolonization of multiple African countries and leading up to the third and current phase.

“It has never been about subjugation. Instead, China-Africa relations have been about cooperation."

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We should graduate from aid

Beijing, 15 September 2012

President Kagame today addressed over 100 students at Peking University, which is believed to be one of the oldest Universities in China. Professor Justin Lin, a former World Bank chief economist and author of “The Quest for Prosperity” welcomed President Kagame by reflecting on his visit to Rwanda.

“I was very inspired by the development in Rwanda and moved by the enthusiasm of its citizens for their future and the motivation the government to serve the people. I am convinced that if Taiwan can do it, China can do it, and Rwanda can also change from a low income nation to a high income one within one to two generations. President Kagame is the man who can make it happen.”

President Kagame gave a historical perspective of the relationship between China and Africa dating back to the 15th century by describing three phases, beginning with the 15th century trade with Malindi, followed by China's support for decolonization of multiple African countries and leading up to the third and current phase.

“It has never been about subjugation. Instead, China-Africa relations have been about cooperation."

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President Kagame attends Rwanda investment session

Tianjin, 12 September 2012

President Kagame who is attending the World Economic Forum for the second day, today attended a session on Rwanda hosted by Minister of Finance, John Rwangombwa and Acting CEO of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Clare Akamanzi.

Participants at the session that provided an in-depth perspective on Rwanda's economy and investment opportunities was attended by potential global investors drawn from various sectors, including education, ICT, energy and tourism. Many of those present expressed their commitment to making Rwanda their next investment destination.

"We are interested in investing in solar energy, tourism resorts and the ICT Park. I look forward to visiting the beautiful city of Kigali and to taking forward new projects for Rwanda,” Mr. S.P. Shukla, President of Mahinda and Mahindra Ltd said.

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President Kagame speaks at World Economic Forum in Tianjin


Tianjin, 11 September 2012

President Kagame today participated at a panel of the World Economic Forum where he shared with the participants his vision for competitiveness:

“Competitiveness is built for the purpose of having an impact on people's lives. It builds on how leadership and the people interact. it is the responsibility of leaders to create a level playing field that allows people to unleash their maximum potential.”

On Rwanda's approach to regional competitiveness, President Kagame explained that joining the East African Community allowed for increased competition:

“It makes it easier to build infrastructure that serves the entire region and resolves common challenges.”

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President Kagame meets with Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao in Tianjin

Tianjin, 11 September 2012

President Kagame was today received by China's Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao at his guest house in Tianjin for a courtesy call to discuss bilateral relations . With over 200 million dollars invested in Rwanda and over 200 jobs created, the Chinese government currently supports Rwanda in infrastructure, health, agriculture, ICT and education sectors.

The bilateral meeting was attended by Rwanda's Ambassador to China, Francois Ngarambe, Minister of Finance, John Rwangombwa and acting CEO of RDB, Clare Akamanzi. The discussion between the two Heads of States expressed their satisfaction with the current cooperation between nations.

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