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President Kagame addresses the High Level Meeting on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels

New York, 24 September 2012

President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Vuk Jeremic;

Excellencies Heads of State and Government;

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon;

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

It is important that we are discussing how to make the rule of law more effective domestically and internationally and I am pleased to participate. In this endeavour, let me propose that we should consider three points relating directly to this subject of the Rule of Law, with the aim of addressing the realities of our present day.

One can begin with the important principle of universal justice, an ideal which I believe we all would like to see realised. The rule of law internationally is premised on the principle that equality before the law is universal. This, however, is not always the case.

Watch the full speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYjs8CSUMj8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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President Kagame addresses meeting of the ITU Broadband Commission in New York

New York, 23 September 2012

President Kagame today co-chaired the second meeting of the International telecommunication Union (ITU) Broadband Commission in New York. The brain child of Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the ITU, and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, the meeting brings together key players in the telecommunication industry in a bid to extend the benefits of high speed internet to all peoples of world. To focus on the work of this energetic and influential set of personalities, the Commission has established eight working groups to concentrate on key thematic areas; such as health care to climate change.

In his remarks, President Kagame called on members of the Broadband Commission to double efforts in mobilizing world leaders to ensure that Broadband gains its rightful place on the MDG’s policy agenda:

“Rwanda has embraced ICT as an engine of transformation. For over a decade now we have been leveraging technology for the benefit of our citizens and have seen firsthand how broadband impacts everyday lives of our people. As we look to the future we realize that we need to do more and faster, the world is waiting and our people are counting on us whether it is central databases of crop yields and market information for farmers, integrated school curricular for pupils, medical records for doctors, entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth. The possibilities are limitless. Broadband is the future of shared opportunities and a medium for business transactions and cultural exchange.”

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President Kagame addresses thousands of Rwandans at Rwanda Day in Boston

Boston, 22 September 2012

President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame today joined thousands of Rwandans and friends of Rwanda who gathered at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston to celebrate Rwanda Day 2012 themed ‘Agaciro: The Journey Continues.’ The event which brought together Rwandans from North American Diaspora and Rwanda kicked off on Friday, 21 September with exhibitions by Rwandan institutions, presentations and entertainment.

In his address to the thousands of jubilant Rwandans and friends of Rwanda, President Kagame passes on greetings from Rwanda and thanked all those who had travelled from different places to be part of the event. President Kagame told the gathering that it is every Rwandans responsibility to build their country and not delegate it to anyone else;

“It should be our pride to live in a dignified country. You must continually tell the story of your country. If you don’t tell the story of your country, someone else will do it the wrong way progress we have made has come devoid of short cuts, lies. Progress invites detractors, but it’s ok. We have the ability, desire and will, to define ourselves. Detractors will do their job I will do mine, if my progress hurts anyone, its not our intention, sorry. “

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Listen to the full speech:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9jKP8Ap6M0"

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Presidential Advisory Council meets in Boston

Boston, 22 September 2012

President Kagame on Saturday chaired the second Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) meeting of the year in Boston. PAC members discussed media reports that give Rwanda a bad image, Investments, tapping into the potential and interest of Chinese investors so as to harness Rwanda’s progress. Formed in September 2007, the 23 member council also discussed development and the economic situation in the world, and looked at ways of increasing public and private investments so as to achieve vision 2020.

The Minister of Finance John Rwangombwa said:

“We discussed issues like the international media reports, mostly by people who don’t understand Rwanda and what we can do to ensure people know what Rwanda is and what it stands for so as to mitigate this and minimize on negative reporting due to misconception.”

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President Kagame visits MIT Institute in Boston

Boston, September 20, 2012

President Paul Kagame today visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The President who is on a working visit to the US to attend several functions including Rwanda Day and UN General Assembly, was given a tour of the MIT Media Lab, where designers, engineers, artists and scientists are conducting more than 350 projects, ranging from neuroengineering, to early education, to developing the city car of the future.

The Chairman and CEO of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), Rodrigo Arboleda, hosted President Kagame during his visit.

A project that was born in the MIT Media Lab,OLPC has committed to deploying 100,000 laptops across Rwanda and has therefore created a major learning center which aims to meet the educational and learning needs of students in Rwanda and other countries in Africa. The tour also included a visit to the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group, lead by Mitch Resnick, which is developing new technologies that engage people; especially children and teens, in creative learning experiences.

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