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President Kagame concludes 5th Unity Club Consultative Forum

Kigali, 16 November 2012

President Kagame today addressed the Unity Club Consultative Forum which was held at Parliament, organized by the Unity Club and the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission to mark the end of the unity and reconciliation week.

President Kagame thanked members of the Unity Club and other Rwandans who have dedicated their time to promote unity and reconciliation in the Rwandan society. President Kagame said the interests of Rwandans are the same, although means used to achieve objectives may be different:

“When people are united, no challenge is insurmountable. Our unity is our strength. Unity does not necessarily mean that people have the same line of thinking; it means people have the same interests and priorities for their country. Unity is rock solid and harnesses national values and identity which drive the progress of any nation. People without identity and values are bound to fail.”

President Kagame meets Young Presidents Organization delegation


Kigali, 15 October 2012

President Kagame today received sixteen members of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) including members from Australia, Scotland, US, South Africa, India, Israel, Czech Republic and Rwanda. In Kigali to attend the yearly meeting of the Rwanda Action Forum, the group updated President on the progress of their various initiatives in the agriculture and business sector.

President Kagame welcomed the YPO members and thanked them for the work they have undertaken in Rwanda. “We are reaching the milestones we have set for ourselves. I want to sincerely thank you for putting your resources in these invaluable efforts,” President Kagame said.

Reflecting on the years since the YPO awarded President Kagame the Global Leadership award, President Kagame added: “the past ten years have crystallized into a journey that has had many benefits for our country.”

Africa needs you

Lagos, 10 November 2012

Over 100 Young Nigerian Professionals today in Lagos, Nigeria, welcomed President Kagame for an interactive discussion centred on leadership.

Moderated by TV Personality Soni Irabor, the session began with remarks from the President of Miss University Africa;Taylor Nazzal reminding the audience of President Kagame's award as the Peace Personality Award winner voted by youth across Africa. Taylor Nazzal shared his experience travelling to Rwanda, a country he knew very little about prior to his trip.

“President Kagame inspired me and showed me that Africa belongs to the youth. He has shown that you can make it no matter what your background is.”

President Kagame begins two day visit in Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, 9 November 2012

Today in Lagos, President Kagame arrived for a two day visit where he is scheduled to have an interactive session with young Nigerian professionals and address the annual Spring Lecture held by the Oxbridge Club.

President Kagame began his first day in Lagos with a dinner hosted by Ambassador Joseph Habineza which brought together a dozen of Nigerian investors. With Rwanda and Nigeria enjoying friendly cooperation that extends in field of business, medicine and military training, this dinner aimed to provide investors the opportunity to learn more about Rwanda and opportunities for continued partnership. With the appointment of the first Nigerian Embassy to Rwanda and Rwanda Air's plan to fly five to Lagos five times a week, the areas of cooperation across both nations are expected to expand.

Rwanda will do a very good job at UNSC - US Under Secretary for Political Affairs

Kigali, 31 October, 2012

President Kagame today received and held discussions with the United States Under Secretary for Political Affairs in the US Department of State, Ambassador Wendy Sherman who called on him at his office, accompanied by the Deputy Under Secretary for African Affairs, Cynthia Akueteh.

After the meeting, Ambassador Sherman said that the US believes that Rwanda will do a good job as member of the UN Security council:

“We had a very substantive discussion with President Kagame about issues in the region and in the world and covered a myriad of subjects over a very long discussion. We began with congratulating Rwanda for gaining a seat on the UN Security Council and the US looks forward to working with Rwanda on issues of common concern in January when Rwanda joins and we will offer whatever support we can.”

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