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Addis Ababa 10, May 2012

Before the official opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Addis, President Kagame today met with 32 Global shapers – a global network of local communities set up one year ago by the WEF to engage in its events and activities.

Local communities are called hubs, globally there exists 157 hubs with more than 1200 members. Global shapers have representatives in Sub-Saharan Africa consisting of 38 hubs and an additional 12 from North Africa. The leaders are under the age of 30 and gather on a regular basis to engage in activities and projects to benefit their local environments.

President Kagame Expressed his gratitude to the leaders and urged them to have self-belief, in order to handle tasks that will shape the continent.

“This gathering of Global Shapers from our continent gives me great hope of the direction our continent is taking and I think a lot is going to happen in the basis of your efforts as young people who feel its their responsibility to handle tasks and place Africa where it wants to be. It’s very encouraging. Thank you for that. "If I can be real with you and speak about my own situation, the challenges I have faced; having to build a country from scratch there are two things we have to do or encourage. To be a good leader, there has to be a clear message; definition of a problem, how to deal with the problem and a demonstration to show what needs to be done and then, put systems in place to keep people accountable. Never leave things to chance. I learn a lot of things as I go along. I think it is important to emphasize to young people to never assume that you know, always assume that you don’t know. Always listen and learn.’’

“Donor money is good. Private sector money is better. When they come together it is excellent.”

Addis Ababa 9, May 2012

As part of his trip to Ethiopia for the World Economic Forum, President Kagame with two other Heads of State today took part in the closing session of the Grow Africa Investment Forum held at the AU headquarters.

“Donor money is good. Private sector money is better. When they come together it is excellent. We must remember to mobilize and involve the youth and women in agricultural transformation. Our greatest asset is our people, we must build their skills and knowledge so that investment creates jobs and incomes.”

The Grow Africa Forum is a multi-country platform to promote agriculture and analyze private sector investment and comprises of 7 member countries; Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana and Burkina Faso.

President Kagame in Addis Ababa for World Economic Forum

Addis Ababa, 8 May 2012

President Kagame has today arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he will participate in the 22nd World Economic Forum (WEF).  The 9-11 May event is taking place in Addis Ababa for the first time this year.  The forum will see several African heads of state; public figures and business people participate in discussions on how to improve Africa’s potential, in order for the continent to become a new global growth pole.

Under the theme “Shaping Africa’s Transformation”, the forum is will address three priorities: Strengthening Africa’s Leadership; Accelerating Investment in Frontier Markets; and Scaling Innovation for Shared Opportunities. President Kagame is scheduled to attend the opening plenary of the WEF and will on Friday participate in an interactive session with 32 young leaders who are members of the WEF Global Shapers Community from 17 African countries.

EALA Speaker bids farewell to President Kagame

Kigali, 8 May 2012

Outgoing EALA Speaker, Abdirahin H. Abdi today called on President Kagame to bid him farewell as the term of the second East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) comes to an end at the end of May.

“I came here to thank the President for the support he gave to EALA over the years since Rwanda joined the community and the support he gave to me personally as the speaker. I also gave him a short brief of what we have done as an assembly and hope the new assembly will continue on the foundation that we have laid.”

The outgoing speaker outlined achievements of the Assembly, including passing more than 35 legislations, shaping the direction of the community and taking EALA to the people and making it one of the most known organs of the community, among others.

The Minister of East African Affairs, Monique Mukaruliza said:

“There have been significant achievements during the current Speaker’s tenure but the most outstanding is the fact that the Assembly has been able to hold its sittings in all the East African Community member countries which has played a role in making even the common people know more about the community.”

President Kagame attends 10th Summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State

Arusha, 28 April2012

President Kagame today in Arusha, Tanzania participated in the 10th Summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State. Also in attendance was the President of Kenya and Chairperson of the EAC Summit, Mwai Kibaki, President of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and First Vice President of Burundi,Therence Sinunguruza.

The heads of state appointed Jesca Eriyo from Uganda as the new EAC Deputy Secretary General and renewed the contract of Jean Claude Nsengiyumva (Deputy Secretary General – Productive and Social Sectors) contract. The Summit also considered a report of the Council of Ministers on the proposed attainment of a Single Customs Territory, signing the protocol on Co-operation in Defence and a report on the application by the Republic of South Sudan to join the East African Community.

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