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CLOSING REMARKS BY PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE AFRICAN INSURANCE ORGANISATION

Kigali, 4 June 2014

Thank you for the invitation to join you at the end of your gathering, which I trust has been fruitful.

Thank you, also, for choosing to hold your conference in Rwanda. It is our privilege to host you.I wish to welcome you once again, even though I know my countrymen and women did so at the time you arrived. I hope you have enjoyed your visit as much as we have enjoyed having you here in our country.

To an outsider, insurance seems like a highly abstract and technical field.There is perhaps no other industry where there is a wider gap between public understanding and the critical importance your services play in our daily lives, usually invisibly.

But underneath the spreadsheets and financial tables, insurance is actually about people, about their deepest hopes and fears.

That is surely what drew you to your profession, among others, and sustains your commitment to it.

Without insurance we cannot drive cars, or build infrastructure, or provide healthcare, without serious concerns. Without insurance, every risk is magnified. A person can literally lose everything.

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PRESIDENT KAGAME’S REMARKS AT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY LUNCHEON

Moving forward on the road of sustainable development and peaceful coexistence in a post-conflict society Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Brandeis University President, Frederick Lawrence;

Brandeis Faculty and Students;

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank you for inviting me to this distinguished university to be with, develop deeper relationships and speak with you about Rwanda's experience in post-conflict development.

As many of you know, we are commemorating the 20th year since the Genocide in Rwanda. This is a time of remembrance as well as serious reflection for Rwandans and others around the world.

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.

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TRIBUTE TO HOWARD G BUFFET – INTERNATIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE AWARD

New York, 10 December 2013

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening.

I am particularly pleased to be here tonight to introduce a remarkable man, Howard Graham Buffett.

This is also a week in Africa’s time when we are saddened by the passing on of Nelson Mandela, one of Africa’s greatest sons. As we celebrate his life and legacy, this provides the right context to continue recognizing those who are committed to improving the lives of others.

(In fact, right after this event I will be travelling to South Africa to pay my last respect to Nelson Mandela)

The award we are celebrating tonight is described as a recognition of "people and partnerships who have made significant and lasting contributions to individual, family and community well-being locally and around the world.”

Howard has been a friend to many, including the people of Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region of Africa for more than fifteen years. He has made significant contributions to the improvement of the quality of life that should be recognized and respected.

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PRESIDENT KAGAME’S SPEECH AT THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FOR GASHORA GIRLS ACADEMY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Gashora, 4 October 2013

Honorable Ministers and other Senior Government Officials here present;

Suzanne Sinegal McGill and Shalisan Foster, Founders of Gashora Girls Academy for Science and Technology;

Mr Peter Thorp, Principal of this Academy;

Friends who have travelled all the way from the United States;

Faculty, staff and girls of the Academy;

Parents:

First of all, I am very pleased to be here with you all, and what could be more gratifying than being part of the first commencement ceremony of Gashora Girls Academy for Science and Technology.

And so, congratulations to you the graduating students on this big achievement, to your teachers and ancillary staff that have been there for you in the last three years. Congratulations also go to your parents who have invested in your education and will no doubt continue to steer you as you embark on the next stage in your lives.

Of course, we cannot fail to acknowledge with gratitude the founders of this school: Susan Sinegal McGill and Shalisan Foster. I am sure we share the joy and pride of today as we begin to reap the benefits of your important contribution to girls’ education in Rwanda.

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ADDRESS TO THE 68th UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY BY PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME

New York, 25th September 2013

President of the General Assembly;

Excellencies Heads of State and Government;

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen;

Thirteen years ago, the Millennium Development Goals established humanitarian principles for the 21st century.

Together, member states and international organisations stood for an ideal – that the world’s poorest nations and poorest people should not have to live without dignity and hope.

The world is a different place now.

We have witnessed the struggles of a global economy reeling from a financial crisis and deep recession.

But we have seen a billion people lifted out of poverty, more children in schools, greater care for the sick.

And we have observed a generation born in a new age of information, ready to embrace ever expanding frontiers of technology.

But the transformation is not yet complete. The shortcomings are as long as the successes. And as we think about the post-2015 agenda, we must have the courage to go beyond business as usual.

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REMARKS BY H.E. PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME AT THE OPENING OF THE BROADBAND COMMISSION MEETING

New York, 21 September 2013

Mr. Carlos Slim Helu, Co-Chair of the Broadband Commission;

Vice Co-Chairs of the Broadband Commission, Dr. Hamadoun Toure, and Ms. Irina Bokova;

Distinguished Commissioners;

Ladies and gentlemen;

· It is my pleasure to be with you as we once again meet to assess our progress in advancing the Commission’s broadband agenda.

· It is clear we have to invest more in broadband because it accelerates economic growth and impacts positively on the lives of people.

· Going forward, the Commission’s work should focus on strengthening policy orientations that make broadband universally accessible.

· For example, we have found that the model whereby private operators build parallel infrastructure, and compete to provide services in a few lucrative geographical areas is problematic. It duplicates network deployment costs, hampers economies of scale, and affects accessibility and affordability of services.

· A better model is one that presents broadband as an efficiently built and shared utility.

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PRESIDENT KAGAME ADDRESSES THE 4TH MEETING OF THE MDGS ADVOCACY GROUP MEETING AND MDGS ADVOCATE INNOVATION FORUM

New York, 24 September 2013

Distinguished MDGs Advocates;

Ladies and Gentlemen;

In less than two years, we will reach the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. And while a lot has been achieved, the world is bound to come up short.

Although the scorecard across the world has mixed results, there is no doubt the MDGs have already made a big difference in the lives of people in developing countries.

Advocates therefore have a greater challenge, to accelerate the mobilisation and deployment of resources towards meeting the MDGs.

I am honoured to also co-chair the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, whose agenda is to leverage the power of ICTs in to speed up achievement of the MDGs.

There is no doubt that broadband is empowering, allowing even the least sophisticated, to access critical networks of knowledge and information.

The emerging global divide in broadband infrastructure and services, poses the biggest risk of reversing the gains of MDGs, as some countries become excluded from the modern digital economy.

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UMUHANGO WO GUSOZA MANDA YA KABIRI Y’UMUTWE W’ABADEPITE

Ingoro y’inteko Ishinga amategeko itariki 14 Kanama 2013

Bayobozi mu Nzego Nkuru z’Igihugu cyacu;

Banyakubahwa mugize Inteko Ishinga Amategeko, Imitwe yombi;

Banyakubahwa muhagarariye ibihugu byanyu n’imiryango mpuzamahanga;

Banyacyubahiro bandi muri hano;

Batumirwa mwese, Banyarwanda, Banyarwandakazi.

Mwaramutse neza, mwiriwe

Twahuriye hano muri iyi Ngoro y’Inteko Ishinga Amategeko kugira ngo dusoze imirimo ya manda ya kabili y’Abadepite bamazemo imyaka itanu, nk’uko Itegeko Nshinga ryacu ribiteganya.

Nkaba ngira ngo rero mbanze mbashimire imirimo myiza bakoreye Igihugu cyacu. Nk’uko byavuzwe, biragaragara ko hari amategeko menshi batoye mu byiciro binyuranye.

Banujuje neza izindi nshingano ziremereye bari bafite zo gukurikirana imikorere ya Guverinoma, gusuzuma uko gahunda ya Guverinoma ishyirwa mu bikorwa, no kwegera abaturage bakabamurikira ibikorwa by’Inteko Ishinga Amategeko. Abadepite kandi baboneyeho n’umwanya wo kwereka abaturage uko ibikorwa n’imishinga bigamije iterambere bigenda bibagezwaho.

Muri iyo gahunda yo kwegera abaturage, bashoboye kumenya ibibazo abo baturage bafite, banabasobanurira uko bigenda bikemurwa n’inzego zinyuranye.

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PRESIDENT KAGAME'S REMARKS AT THE CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE (CHAI) JOINT PARTNERSHIP ON NUTRITION INITIATIVE

Kigali, 5 August 2013

President Bill Clinton and Ms. Chelsea Clinton;

Leaders of our Country present here;

Representatives of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Clinton Global Initiative;

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen;

It is my great pleasure to welcome you again to Rwanda, President Bill Clinton, your daughter Chelsea, and members of your delegation. I also want to assure you that here in Rwanda you are always amongst family and friends.

The Rwandan people appreciate your support and partnership in various initiatives that have contributed to their wellbeing and the development of our country. These include care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, upgrading our laboratory systems, health financing, fighting against acute malnutrition, and most recently, the programme to improve our medical education and health management.

Today, we are delighted to start a new partnership to combat chronic malnutrition.

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CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE ON THE OCCASION OF THE 2ND INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN

Juba, 9 July 2013

Your Excellency, President Salva Kiir Mayardit;

Excellencies, Heads of State and Government;

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen;

On behalf of the people of Rwanda, and on my own behalf, I would like to express our sincere congratulations to you, Mr President, and the people of South Sudan on this auspicious occasion of your independence anniversary. May I also take this opportunity to thank you also for inviting us to be part of this happy and historic moment.

We recall with you the long and protracted struggle for freedom, sovereignty, self-determination and dignity of your people that culminated in your independence two years ago. Since then, you have worked tirelessly to build your nation and to realize the aspirations of the people of South Sudan.

We salute your efforts and I assure you that the Rwandan people stand with you in this arduous task of nation building.

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