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President Kagame in Libreville for New York Africa Forum

Libreville, 23 May 2014

President Kagame today arrived in Libreville, Gabon, to join business and political leaders at the New York Forum Africa 2014. The leaders will engage in intense, collaborative sessions to draw up a road map for individual businesses as well as national policy makers as a guide and spur to action. The New York Forum Africa is organized around a number of major debates that examine the key economic and business issues for Africa today.

President Kagame addressed participants alongside President Bongo and President Catherine Samba-Panza of Central African Republic in the interactive Citizens' Forum with 500 Gabonese youth. The discussion was based on the results of the "Train My Generation Survey".

“Where there is a will there is a way, as Rwanda we started with the political will to make sure that we deepen and broaden integration which is the way to go for our continent because it brings countries together, it brings scale in terms of markets or decisions to be made on a wider scale that have implications on development. We had to start from somewhere, we can’t be talking about integration and we are not allowing people to move freely across borders and allowing them to do business freely with each other.”

Other Speakers of the forum include; Laurent Fabius Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, (France), Mark Simmondsm, FCO Minister for Africa (UK), Günter Nooke, and German Chancellor’s G8 Personal Representative for Africa (Germany).

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Progress depends on Africa's ability to work together and with partners

Kigali, 22 May 2012

President Kagame has said that inspite of numerous challenges face, African countries have been able to make progress in the last half a century. President Kagame was making a Keynote Address today after officially opening the AfDB Annual Meetings 2014 taking place in Kigali, attended by various serving and former African Heads of State.

“For most of our countries the road has been uneven and we have sometimes stumbled or stalled. But we have forged ahead. Across the continent, there is a renewed sense of optimism that gives meaning to the now familiar phrase of "Africa Rising". We are responsible for ourselves. Together we can rise or stumble. Challenges can't tackled by one country.”

Emphasizing the need for Africans look into themselves for solutions to their problems, President Kagame said the progress of Africa would depend on Africa's ability to work together and with other partners on meaningful mechanisms to resolve conflicts as well as other underlying challenges.

“The world may want us to rise, but it won't catch us if we fall. We are responsible for ourselves and we are also, to some extent, responsible for each other. Instability in any part of Africa affects us all.”

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Leadership is not about succession; it's about what you leave behind

Kigali, 21 May 2014

President Kagame has said that the debate about leadership should not be about succession as an end in itself, but about the legacy of leaders. President Kagame was speaking today at a panel during the African Development Bank Annual Meetings taking place in Kigali. Also on the panel were former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Deputy President of Kenya William Ruto, The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma and Mo Ibrahim discussing under the theme: “Leadership for the Africa We Want”
Commenting on the issue of leadership and succession, President Kagame said:

“Succession plan is not just about leaders, it goes beyond the President. We should be talking about building institutions because we need leaders that will build institutions that last beyond them. My preoccupation is to do what I can while I am here. What we are managing is not just succession; its lives of people. We have had successions that have gone well but the lives of citizens have not changed. But it's not just about succession; it's about what you leave behind. The way things are, even if people come and do nothing and as long they are succeeded then it’s ok.”
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President Kagame receives Mkoba Private Equity Fund CEO

Kigali, 20 May 2014

President Kagame today received in his office the partner and CEO of the newly launched Mkoba Private Equity Fund, Frannie Leautier, who is also former Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). The fund will support SMEs targeting equity investments ranging from $1.0 to $15 million Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, DRC, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

After meeting the President, Frannie Léautier said:

“I briefed the President on what I have been doing since I finished my term at the African Capacity Building Foundation and thanked him because Rwanda has been one of the countries that worked closely and supported the ACBF along the years and has been one of the most successful countries to use support from the fund to advance its own priorities. I also briefed him about what I am doing now where we have just launched the Mkoba Equity Private Equity Fund to support Small and Medium Enterprises to make them global and regional champions.”

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President Kagame receives UNSG Special Representative and Chief Executive for Sustainable Energy

Kigali, 20 May 2014

President Kagame today received visiting UNSG Special Representative and Chief Executive for Sustainable Energy for All, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella who is in the country to launch the Africa Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, on behalf of the UN Secretary General.

Speaking to the Press after the meeting, Kandeh Yumkella said:

“I thanked the President and the Government on behalf of the Secretary General for hosting the launch of the Africa Decade for Sustainable Energy for All. The few trips we have been here, we have been able to see for ourselves the progress Rwanda is making to promote rural electrification and expand power generation. We will be hosting in New York on behalf of the Secretary General the first forum of Sustainable Energy for all Forum, and we want to showcase Rwanda as a success story in Africa for integrating energy transformation as part of the national development strategy.”

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