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Abuja, 7 May 2014

President Kagame arrived today in Abuja where he attended the 24th World Economic Forum.

For his first session, President Kagame joined President Kenyatta, Prime Minister Mara of Mali, AfDB President Donald Kaberuka for a discussion on the need for African nations to open their borders to each other.

Rwanda is one of the nations that has opened its borders to all African nations:

"Common sense and enlightened self interest are the reasons we opened our borders to all African nations.”

To address challenges that come with opening borders, President Kagame emphasized the importance of involving citizens concluding that benefits far outweigh the costs:

“We chose to put in place infrastructure to address challenges that come with opening our borders. We haven’t taken any steps without having conversations with our citizens. We have been able to fill skill gaps and the benefits go to the people.”

President Kagame receives former Archbishop of Canterbury

Kigali, 6 May 2014

President Kagame today received Lord George Carey, retired Archbishop of Canterbury who has returned to the country after 19 years.

Speaking to the press after meeting President Kagame, Lord George Carey said Rwanda has responded magnificently and was a strong, vibrant, buoyant country that was going in the right direction:

“Majority of people back in the UK probably don’t even know genocide happened here and that is why we have to re-awaken their memories. We think of the genocide in Germany, Cambodia, and Armenia and people forget quite easily. We do terrible things to one another and that that is part of human nature and we have to overcome them.

Lord George Carey, who is remembered as the first Anglican Archbishop to ordain women priests, commended Rwanda’s policy on gender equality:

President Kagame receives former Arsenal FC Captain

Kigali, 3 May 2014

President Kagame today received Tony Adams, former Arsenal Captain and England defender who is in the country as part of the Airtel sponsored Arsenal Clinic Football Academy. Tony Adams presented a special gift from Arsenal FC Manager, Arsene Wenger, to President Kagame in recognition of his contribution to sports and football, and also for being a prominent Arsenal fan.

Speaking to journalists after meeting President Kagame, Tony Adams said:

“We talked about football, Arsenal and the Emirates.....we also talked about what we are doing here, about developing young talents and giving them opportunities to rise as stars. President Kagame is so humble. It’s remarkable what he has done in this country. I think Rwandans feel so lucky to have such a great President and leader.”

Regional Heads of State renew commitment to integration

Nairobi, 2 May 2014

Today in Nairobi, President Kagame together with President Kenyatta of Kenya, President Museveni of Uganda, President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, 2nd Vice President Gervais Rufyikiri of Burundi and Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda of Tanzania held the 5th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit to discuss ongoing plans to achieve regional integration.

The Summit convened to review the progress made on implementation of the directives given during the 4th Northern Corridor Integration Projects began with the launch of the Kenya National Electronic Single Window System.

The system is aimed at facilitating the tracking, payment and President Kagame unveiled movement of goods to and from Kenya:

“We look forward to Rwanda’s continued active participation towards  making integration a reality.”

President Kagame to attend 5th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit


Nairobi, 1 May 2014

President Kagame arrived in Nairobi to attend the 5th Northern Corridor Integration Projects summit. The summit hosted by President Kenyatta will bring together President Kagame, President Museveni and President Salva Kiir for a one day discussion on the progress of the projects agreed upon during previous summits.

The Northern Corridor Integration Projects is an initiative aimed at fast tracking regional development through regional infrastructure, trade and political and economic integration.

The meeting will begin with the launch of the Kenya National Electronic Single Window System, aimed at "simplifying trade processes for regional competitiveness." The system centralizes trade services such as tracking of goods, custom clearance, electronic payment including through mobile money and integration with Kenya Revenue Authority.

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