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Ijambo rya Perezida wa Repubulika Paul Kagame yavugiye i Chatam House

London, 21 Ukwakira 2014

Mwakoze cyane kuntumira. Nishimiye cyane kugaruka mu kigo gishyigikira mwene ibi biganiro by’ingirakamaro.

Umwaka utaha, ibyerekeye uburyo bw’ imiyoborere mpuzamahanga, byatangiranye n’ishyirwaho ry’Umuryango w’Abibumbye mu mwaka wa 1945 bizaba bimaze imyaka 70.

Imyaka irenga mirongo itandatu nyuma y’amarorerwa n’isenyuka ryatewe n’Intambara ya kabiri y’isi, isi yagiye ihinduka, irushaho kuba nziza. Iterambere ry’ubukungu n’imibereho myiza y’abayituye ntibyigeze bitera imbere ku muvuduko ugeze aha cyangwa ngo bigere kuri benshi mubayituye nkuko bimeze ubu

Muri ibyo byiza bigenda bigerwaho, Afurika y’Iburasirazuba, ari naho u Rwanda ruherereye, ntayisigaye inyuma. Twashyizeho ingamba zihamye mu guteza imbere isoko rusange no mu kubaka ibikorwa remezo ducyeneye ngo tubashe guhangana mu rwego mpuzamahanga.

Iryo terambere rigenda rigerwaho kubera imiyoborere myiza ikorera mu mucyo n’ubwisanzure bw’amasoko, bituma ikoranabuhanga rigenda ritugeza kuri byinshi ari nako rigenda rigera kuri benshi mu batuye isi kandi mu gihe gito.

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President Kagame's speech at Chatham House

London, 21 October 2014

Thank you very much for the invitation to join you here today. I am happy to be back in an institution that encourages these important conversations.

Next year, the modern international system, which began with the founding of the United Nations in 1945, will be 70 years old.

Three generations after the horrendous destruction of the Second World War, we live in a world transformed for the better. The pace of economic and human development has never been so rapid, or touched so large a share of the world’s people.

Some of the fastest gains are being recorded in East Africa, to which Rwanda belongs. In the region, we are responding with concrete steps to deepen our common market, and build the infrastructure we need to compete globally.

This progress comes, because accountable governance and free markets, increasingly allow the benefits of science and technology, to reach almost anyone on the globe.

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Discour du President Paul Kagame a Chatam House

Londres, 21 octobre 2014

Merci beaucoup de m’avoir invité à vous rejoindre aujourd'hui. Je suis heureux d'être de retour au sein d’une institution qui encourage ces conversations importantes.

L'année prochaine, le système international moderne, qui a commencé avec la fondation de l'Organisation des Nations Unies en 1945, fêtera ses 70 ans.

Trois générations après la terriblement destructrice Seconde Guerre Mondiale, nous vivons aujourd’hui dans un monde transformé pour le mieux. Le rythme du développement économique et humain n'a jamais été aussi rapide, ni touché une si grande part de la population mondiale.

Certains des gains les plus rapides sont enregistrés en Afrique de l'Est, à laquelle appartient le Rwanda. Dans la région, c’est avec des mesures concrètes que nous œuvrons à l’approfondissement de notre marché commun et à la construction des infrastructures nécessaires pour soutenir la concurrence mondiale.

Cette progression se fait, grâce à une gouvernance responsable et aux marchés libres qui permettent de plus en plus que les avantages de la science et de la technologie atteignent presque tout le monde sur le globe.

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ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT KAGAME AT THE SWEARING IN OF SENATE PRESIDENT

Kigali, 14 October 2014

Let me start by greeting and thanking you all for the just concluded function of electing and swearing-in of the new President of the Senate.  I want to make a few remarks before I talk about something else, which might take a bit longer.
I want to thank the President of the Senate Bernard Makuza for what he has been doing and for accepting this new role and accompanying responsibilities. I want also to thank Ms. Fatou who has been elected Vice President of the Senate and also I thank all senators for the commendable job they have been doing and will continue to do.

As it has been always the case, I promise to you my support; the support we give to each institution to enable team work and complementarity.  Working together as a team will always benefits the country as a whole rather than one institution or one individual - this is the most important.

I would like to add something before I go into a different subject. As leaders, we have responsibilities towards our nation and our people, which is also part of the dignity we want to achieve and in the name of what we are as Africans; because Rwanda is not an island, it’s a country existing among others with which it has relations at different levels.

An occasion like this of swearing in the President of the Senate should remind us the importance of our responsibilities as leaders. A leader should be working for the general interest and not their personal interest. So, what I’m trying to say is that leadership shouldn’t be seen as something ordinary, leaders are not ordinary citizens, far from it.  A leader should be someone with a vision, serving the general interest rather than their own. Being a leader is an invaluable opportunity to serve the people. Leaders who don’t understand that concept forget why they were given leadership positions in the first place; they believe that all is about individual interests or the interests of their friends and, or they simply think it’s about privileges. Leadership is not about that, people shouldn’t consider it that way.

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Ijambo rya Perezida wa Repubulika Paul Kagame mu muhango wo kurahira kwa Perezida wa Sena

Kigali,  14 Ukwakira 2014

Mbanje kubasuhuza no kubashimirako uyu muhango dushoje wagenze neza.Ndagira ngo ntatinze mu magambo nonaha, ariko wenda ndi buze kuyatindamo nyuma, ariko wenda ndi buyatindemo mu mwanya uri buze.

Ndagira ngo nshimire Perezida wa Sena Makuza, imirimo yari asanzwe akora kandi  n’iyo yemeye gukora ndetse na Fatou ugiye kumwungiriza n’abandi basenateri bari kuri urwo rwego ibyiza bamaze iminsi bakora kandi nibwira ko bazakomeza gukora. Ndabasezeranya nkuko bisanzwe ko tuzaharanira ko inzego zose z’igihugu cyacu zuzuzanya bityo imbaraga zose zigashyirwa hamwe kugirango igihugu cyacu ari cyo cyunguka kurusha umuntu umwe cg urwego rumwe.  Ndumva ari cyo kintu cya ngombwa.

Icyo nakongeraho ni iki noneho nkajya mu byo nifuzaga kuvuga: Icyo tubereye hano nk’abayobozi, inshingano dufitiye Abanyarwanda, dufitiye igihugu cyacu, biri mu burenganzira bwacu, biri no mu agaciro kacu dushaka kwiha, dushaka guha Abanyarwanda abari bo bose, ndetse tukabikora no mu izina ry’abo turibo, Abanyafurika, kuko ntabwo u Rwanda ari ikirwa gihagaze ukwacyo cyonyine , u Rwanda ruri hagati y’ibindi bihugu kandi bifitanye isano ku buryo butandukanye.

Umunsi nk’uyu rero dutoye Perezida wa Sena, njye numva biba byibutsa uburemere n’inshingano biri mu buyobozi aba afite kandi aba akwiriye kubahiriza mu nyungu rusange kurusha inyungu ze bwite. Ibyo ndi buvuge rero ntabwo ndi buvuge ibintu bisanzwe. Iyo uvuze abayobozi, ukavuga ubuyobozi nk’ibintu bisanzwe kandi abantu basanzwe; abantu basanzwe gusa batarenga aho.  Iyo uvuze ubuyobozi, ikintu cya mbere mwene abo bumva, bumva ikuzo,  bakumva inyungu ze zimureba nk’umuyobozi yarangiza akajya mu bintu bisanzwe, akibagirwa aho ava n’aho ajya, akibagirwa ikimushyize muri uwo mwanya kandi ikimushyize muri uwo mwanya ari ugukorera inyungu z’Abanyarwanda  ku buryo budasubwirwaho. Ntabwo ari ukwikorera ku giti cye, ntabwo ari inyungu ze n’ikuzo cyangwa akireba, akareba uwo bava inda imwe cyangwa umuryango we cyangwa inshuti ze, bikagarukira aho. Ntabwo ariko ubuyobozi bukwiriye kuba bumeze butyo ntabwo ari nako bukwiriye kuba bwumvikana.

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ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT KAGAME AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 69th REGULAR SESSION UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

New York, 24 September 2014

We are living through a period of unprecedented progress in human development. The success of the Millennium Development Goal framework demonstrates that international cooperation remains strong, though we wish the expected results would come faster.

Even on climate change, if the public and private sectors work together to increase investment in scientific research, we can look forward to a future where countries no longer have to choose between green energy and economic growth.

While we work on building peace and well-being in Africa, crises elsewhere in the world have aroused grave concern. Efforts to address them seem to have little effect, and in some cases may even make things worse.

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SPEECH BY PRESIDENT KAGAME AT THE WORLD EXPORT DEVELOPMENT FORUM

Kigali, 16 September 2014

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to Rwanda for this World Export Development Forum and I am very happy to join you.

I would like to thank the International Trade Centre for your partnership with the Rwanda Development Board in organising this event.

This gathering is about one of the hardest challenges in the international development agenda: How to raise global development by bringing the benefits of trade to least developed countries, particularly landlocked, like Rwanda, and small island states, where most businesses are SMEs.

I prefer to leave the detailed discussion of trade facilitation mechanisms to you, the experts who will be handling this.

Instead, I would like to open this meeting with a few words about the mindset required to transform an economy.

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TRIBUTE BY PRESIDENT KAGAME LAUNCH OF CRUCIBLE OF THE AGES: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF WOLE SOYINKA AT 80 - TRIBUTE BY PRESIDENT KAGAME

Accra, 8 July 2014

Thank you for the invitation to join you today, which was as gratifying as it was unexpected. I have been associated with many things, but never to my knowledge with literary critics.

But I have very good reasons for wanting to pay tribute to Wole Soyinka.

What first comes to my mind is his moral clarity, in particular his firm solidarity with the people of Rwanda. At the height of the genocide in 1994, he wrote:

“All notions of sovereignty with respect to Rwanda should be completely forgotten and we should just go in and stop the killing.”

Truer words were never spoken. The only debate within the international community, was about how quickly the peacekeepers could be removed from Rwanda.

One force alone ignored the order to withdraw: the 456 Ghanaian soldiers under the command of Major-General Henry Kwami Anyidoho. They remained with us, technically illegally, through the darkest moments of our history, and helped save many thousands of lives.

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Address by President Paul Kagame Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics 50 Years of Science for the Future

Trieste, Italy, 6 October 2014

I would like to thank Professor Quevedo for the invitation to join you in marking this important anniversary. My congratulations.

I will not go too much into these technical areas, but I want to state that it takes scientists to study and understand more deeply, but it takes all of us to understand the importance of science, and the many fields associated with it, which affect our lives everyday.

Like you, we in Rwanda are working all the time, following your lead, to find ways of improving humanity’s well-being through mathematics, science, and technology. We always seek to understand more and better.

For fifty years, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics has been at the forefront of scientific cooperation with the developing world. Thousands of young scientists from Africa, Asia, and Latin America have benefited from ICTP’s programmes.

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ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT KAGAME AT LEADERS FELLOWSHIP DINNER

Kigali, 12 August 2014

Mwiriwe neza mwese? I’m just saying good evening.

I want to start by saying that I am thankful for the invitation extended to me, which you always do on the occasions like this, and it is always a pleasure to join you and hear from the many people who are willing to share their wisdom with the rest of us and especially [with] the leaders of our country.

First of all, let me thank Pastor Warren for what he presented to us that was very instructive in many ways indeed, especially for leaders not only in government; I am sure what we heard can be very helpful in many other aspects of leadership even in business.

And, before I go ahead with what I want to say, let me thank again Pastor Rick Warren for bringing up the name of Joe Ritchie. I am sure Joe Ritchie doesn’t want to hear it many times but I think he’s been a very good person. He’s been a friend, more importantly a friend of this country, and people of this country and myself.  And he has brought many friends to our country and he continues to be associated with us in many ways. And I’m saying this because when you have friends, I’m sure you want them to be real friends.

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