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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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IJAMBO RYA NYAKUBAHWA PEREZIDA WA REPUBULIKA PAUL KAGAME YAVUZE MU GUSOZA YOUTH CONNECT

Kigali, tariki ya 30 Kamena 2013

Mwiriwe neza, nizeye ko umunsi utabaye muremure, mutarushye. Ariko ubwo mubyo ndibuvuge nabyo ndaba mbitekereza ko mushaka ko dusoza abiriwe hano mukajya kuruhuka. Ariko icya mbere nshaka gutangiriraho ni ukubashimira. Iyo wafashe umwanya wo gutekereza ku kibazo, ngira ngo ahangaha mwafashe umwanya wo gutekereza ikibazo kijyana no kubaka igihugu cyacu. Mu bishobora kubaka ejo hazaza h’igihugu cyacu, uwo mwanya muwuha urubyiruko. Ibyo rero ni byiza ababiteguye, ababyitabiriye muri hano, ndagira ngo mbanze mbibashimire.

Icya kabiri ni abaduhaye ubuhamya, abaduhaye inyigisho, n’abatubwiye byinshi dushobora gushingiraho twumva neza inshingano buri wese afite n’aho dukwiriye kuba tugana.

Mpereye ku rubyiruko muri hano. Impamvu ntiriwe njya muri za protocol zo kubanza kuramutsa abanyacyubahiro, ubwo nahise njya ku rubyiruko. Ubwo nagiye kuri ba nyakubahwa bo mu gihe cyizaza. Ibyacu ubanza bimaze kugera aho bigera ubwo twaba tubishyize ku ruhande.

Urubyiruko, ni ejo hazaza, ni ubuyobozi, ni agaciro k’Igihugu byose ubishyize hamwe. Ni imbaraga, n’ubuyobozi, n’agaciro k’ejo hazaza. Ni cyo urubyiruko ruvuze. Ariko kuvuga urubyiruko gusa ukumva ko uba uvuze ibyo bindi ntabwo aribyo. Urubyiruko muri hano kubita urubyiruko gusa ntibihagije. Hari icyo mugomba kuba mufite, hari ibyo mugomba kuzuza. Hari agaciro mugomba kwihesha cyangwa ababarera babahesha.

Kugira ngo noneho rwa rubyiruko turebamo imbaraga, ejo hazaza na ka gaciro, ibyo bigomba kuba byubakwa, ntabwo kuvuga urubyiruko byonyine bihagije.

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TRANSCRIPT OF H.E. PAUL KAGAME ADDRESS AT YOUTH CONNEKT DIALOGUE

Kigali, 30 June 2013

Good afternoon to you. Let me hope you did not have a long day and you are not tired. While I talk to you, I will also consider the time you spent here so that you can go home to rest.

First of all I want to thank you because you have dedicated your time to thinking and resolving a certain challenge that matters to our development and future. This is very good. That’s why I want to thank the organisers and participants.

Second, I would like to thank those who gave testimonies and the presenters who advised us on how best we can undertake our duties so as to take our country to another level of development.

Let me start with the youth who are here. I did not go through the routine protocol of observing dignitaries but decided to greet the youth straight away. This means that I went straight to the dignitaries of the future. I think our time is almost over...so we have to pass it on.

The youth are Rwanda’s future, its Agaciro [self-worth] in all ways, in terms of strength and leadership, and they are the value and foundation of what every country wants to achieve. This is what youth means.

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