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President Kagame receives Chinese investors

Kigali, 15 July 2014

President Kagame today received a delegation of Chinese investors in light manufacturing, led by Professor Justin Yifu Lin, former World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Development Economics.

After the meeting with the President, Professor Justin Yifu Lin said Asian investors are increasingly picking interest in Rwanda as a light manufacturing destination due to the country’s ease of doing business.

“More and more Asian investors, particularly those from China, are picking interest in investing in Rwanda due to the good policies in place concerning starting business here. The delegation that I led to this meeting with the President is a good example. These are established investors in light manufacturing of garments and footwear and have expressed interest in establishing business in Rwanda very soon. Their meeting with President Kagame has increased their interest.”

President Kagame, Obiang Nguema call for African solidarity

Kigali, 15 July 2014

Presidents Kagame and Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equitorial Guinea have called for increased African cooperation with the aim of finding solutions to African problems through the South-South cooperation. While jointly addressing the press at the end of President Nguema’s two-day visit, the two Presidents underscored the need for African nations to focus on matters that will improve the lives of their people.

President Kagame said the discussions with President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo were fruitful and that practical steps would be taken to achieve even more.

Responding to a question about how Rwanda has managed to transform in such a short time, President Kagame said that after the Genocide, the Rwanda leadership had to change the politics and management so that the people could have a dignified life:

“We put the well being of Rwandans ahead and made sure there is accountability and raising everyone's stake in our development. We need to make progress on the development that matters to our people.”

President Nguema observed that the South-South Cooperation could be more efficient if African nations went through practical steps than indulging in bureaucracies in order to consolidate synergies for African development.

President Kagame joins Rwandans to mark International Cooperatives Day

Kigali, 12 July 2014

President Kagame today addressed over 2500 members of over 750 cooperatives from across Rwanda, who gathered at Petit Stade to mark the International Day of Cooperatives.

In his address, President Kagame said there is no doubt about the role played by cooperatives in reducing poverty and boosting the economy of the country:

"The significance of cooperatives lies in people coming together for mutual benefits. It is in the same spirit that we have regional integration, where our countries in the region have decided to come together to reap the benefits of working as a block to find solutions to common problems. When people are together, they minimise the impact of losses and multiply benefits."

President Kagame said forming and joining cooperatives is the quickest means of making quick wins in various areas.

President Kagame's remarks at the launch of Crucible of Ages - Essays in honour of Wole Soyinka at 80

Accra, 8 July 2014

Thank you for the invitation to join you today, which was as gratifying as it was unexpected. I have been associated with many things, but never to my knowledge with literary critics.

But I have very good reasons for wanting to pay tribute to Wole Soyinka.

What first comes to my mind is his moral clarity, in particular his firm solidarity with the people of Rwanda. At the height of the genocide in 1994, he wrote:

“All notions of sovereignty with respect to Rwanda should be completely forgotten and we should just go in and stop the killing.”

Truer words were never spoken. The only debate within the international community, was about how quickly the peacekeepers could be removed from Rwanda.

One force alone ignored the order to withdraw: the 456 Ghanaian soldiers under the command of Major-General Henry Kwami Anyidoho. They remained with us, technically illegally, through the darkest moments of our history, and helped save many thousands of lives.

Women have always merited dignity; liberation polished and shined it

Kigali, 6 July 2014


President Kagame today said that Rwandan women have always merited dignity, what the liberation did was only to polish it and let it shine. While addressing hundreds of members of the National Women Council from all over the country who gathered to pay tribute to the Rwanda army for liberating the country and giving women back their dignity, President Kagame drew the analogy of a just extracted pearl covered in mud and dust, that only needs cleaning for it to reflect its true value.

Advising the women to jealously protect their status, President Kagame said no one should accept low expectations:

“We have accepted for the world to have low expectations of us. Deserving respect is a result of your actions, your behaviors. Those who gave their lives for liberation did not do it for the world to define us as inferior to others. It is not about giving dignity to anyone. It is about each of us believing in and giving ourselves our own dignity. Giving ourselves dignity does not mean we are better than others or higher than our institutions or nation.”

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