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President Kagame receives UN Secretary General

Kigali, 6 April 2014

President Kagame today received the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon who arrived in the country to join Rwandans during the 20th commemoration of the genocide.

Talking to the press after the meeting with President Kagame, the UN Secretary General said he was in the country to join Rwandans in general and families and relatives of genocide victims in commemorating the genocide:

“I am going to re-affirm the international community’s commitment to Never Again… and this should never happen again in human history. We learnt the hard lessons from the Rwanda genocide but another genocide happened one year later in Srebrenica in 1995 and there are still symptoms elsewhere. We have to stop this. Last Monday there was an important international conference on prevention of genocide where Rwanda was represented by the Foreign Minister where we affirmed the determined will of the international community there should not be genocide in the name of humanity. I highly commend the leadership of Paul Kagame who led this country and in just 20 years, made a shining example of social economic development, democracy, protecting and preserving human rights of all the people and I hope that this example will be emulated by many other countries. We have to learn the lessons, and translate them into action and that's my commitment as the UN Secretary General”

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President Kagame to attends 4th EU-Africa Summit

Brussels, 1 April 2014

President Kagame President Kagame traveled to Brussels where he attended the 4th EU-Africa Summit themed “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.” The summit brought together leaders from Africa and the European Union to discuss issues including peace and security, economy and climate change.

The summit also held a special meeting on the Central African Republic hosted by President Van Rompuy, President Hollande of France and President Abdel Aziz of Mauritania. Rwanda currently has 800 troops serving as peacekeepers in Central African Republic.

Received by President Kagame in March of this year, the European Union Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs announced a new six-year development partnership between Rwanda and the European Union:

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We are not working to become other people, we know who we are

Kigali, 29 March 2014

President Kagame today joined residents of Nyamirambo, Nyarugenge District in the city of Kigali for Global Umuganda, part of ongoing activities in line with commemorating 20 years since genocide occurred in Rwanda. The activity which was also attended by various diplomats and dignitaries, involved laying the foundation of a community hall for a genocide survivors’ village.

President Kagame told Rwandans not to work to become other people but endeavor to know who they are as they proudly work to build their nation:

“We are not working to become other people, we know who we are and we are working to build a country that we are proud of. We must work hard because if we wait for others to develop our country, we will not make progress. Any external help must only come as an addition to our own efforts to better ourselves. We are prepared and determined to continue on the path we are on to develop our nation.”

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President Kagame receives Seychelles Speaker

Kigali, 28 March 2014

President Kagame today received the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Seychelles, Dr. Patrick Herminie who has been on a 5-day visit to Rwanda.

Speaking to the press after meeting President Kagame, Dr. Patrick Herminie said Rwanda and Seychelles have a lot to do together in order to grow their economies:

“Seychelles has made significant advancement mainly in terms of tourism and I believe Rwanda whose national carrier now goes to different places of the continent can take advantage of this. Rwandair could not only promote Rwanda tourism in Seychelles but can also ferry merchandise to Seychelles from Rwanda especially Agriculture products and bring whats needed from Seychelles to Rwanda.”

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President Kagame receives NFC Group CEO

Kigali, 27 March 2014

President Kagame today received Julian Ozanne, the group CEO of New Forests Company which produces electric poles and high productivity charcoal. The company has been in Rwanda since the signing of an agreement with the Government of Rwanda in July 2011.

Julian Ozanne told members of the press after meeting President Kagame that the company uses the best technology available today to produce electricity poles and charcoal.

“President Kagame has been very supportive from the beginning and we discussed on how to work efficiently and get more value from the forests.”

The Minister in charge of natural resources, Stanislaus Kamanzi said the production of electric poles locally would boost the rural electrification program and will save the country a lot of foreign exchange since they will no longer be exported.

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