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San Francisco, 25 April 2014

President Kagame addressed Stanford in a lecture to students and faculty marking the Stanford Business School Global Speaker Series. Speaking to over four hundred students, President Kagame attributed Rwanda’s continuous progress to the ownership of all Rwandans:

“It has been a very long and challenging journey. The most important thing is that the progress involves Rwandans. We do what it takes to fulfill our potential and our aspirations.”

President Kagame listed social and economic stability as key to sustaining Rwanda’s development to date:

“We work to put in place the right environment: political stability, security, institutional governance that prioritizes accountability.”

On the issue of aid, President Kagame pointed to the need of both recipients and donors to redefine their relationship:

“There is nothing wrong with aid as long as it serves the purpose of getting people out of the cycle of poverty and dependency. Donors have been good at providing aid but not good at recognizing that recipients know their own needs and priorities. On the recipient’s side, the focus has been on getting aid rather than on what we need to stand on our own. We need to hold each other accountable on how aid is used and how to work together to get rid of aid.”

Development is about human dignity

Boston, 23 April 2014

Today in Boston, President Kagame addressed students and faculty members at Brandeis University during a talk centered on Rwanda’s journey of recovery in the last twenty years.

President Kagame began by sharing the situation in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi:

“There is no template for putting a country back together after such a major tragedy. Everything was a priority. Almost everything of value had been destroyed. We had to make decisions without any comfort of adequate time or resources.This was the situation we faced in July 1994, as we stopped the genocide and formed a government of national unity.”

Faced with the challenge of rebuilding a nation, President Kagame added that Rwandans were determined to learn from their history:

Africa has an inescapable duty to fix itself

Boston, 22 April 2014

On the first day of his visit to Boston, President Kagame addressed students at Tufts University on Rwanda’s progress and recovery in the last twenty years.

President Kagame began the lecture with an emphasis on the importance of historical clarity on the Genocide Against the Tutsi:

“Historical clarity about mass atrocities like genocide is a duty we owe the victims, in all aspects. It is the foundation of genocide prevention for future generations of humanity.”

Describing the origins of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, President Kagame pointed to the racial ideology promoted by the Belgian colonial administration and reinforced by the Catholic Church.

President Kagame added that the Genocide Against the Tutsi must be recognized as systematic attempt targeting one group:

President Kagame begins two day visit to Boston

Boston, 22 April 2014

This morning in Boston, President Kagame began a two day visit to Boston with a visit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The visit began with a tour of the Atmospheric Chemistry Lab at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. The visit was followed by a round table discussion with MIT faculty members in the fields of energy, management and development.

Starting the conversation, MIT President Rafael Reif expressed solidarity with Rwanda during the mourning period of the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi.

The discussion centred on ongoing and future opportunities for partnerships between MIT and Rwanda including increasing the number of Rwandan students attending MIT. Currently, the main joint projects with Rwanda include the Rwanda-MIT Climate Observatory Project and the iLab-Africa Project.

President Kagame receives Interpol President

Kigali, 14 April 2014

President Kagame today received Milleille Balestrazzi, the Interpol President who is in the country to attend the Interpol International Expert Meeting, the first meeting of its kind to be held in a country that experienced genocide. She was accompanied to the meeting by Ronald Noble, the Interpol Secretary General.

Speaking to the Press after the meeting, the Interpol President said her discussions with President Kagame concerned the upcoming 84th Interpol General Assembly which will be hosted by Rwanda, and plans by Interpol to track down genocide suspects.

“We had a pleasant meeting with the President and we talked about the impressive progress that this country has realized in just 20 years. We also talked about plans by Interpol offer support in tracking down genocide suspects around the world and make sure they face justice.”

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