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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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IJAMBO PEREZIDA KAGAME YAGEJEJE KUBARI MU ISANGIRA RYATEGUWE NA RWANDA LEADERS FELLOWSHIP

Kigali, 12 Kanama 2014

Mwiriwe neza mwese,

Mbere na mbere, Bayobozi bo mu nzego z’ikirenga z’igihugu cyacu,

Dr Pastor Rick Warren n’abazanye nawe bose

Batumirwa bahire ba Leadership Seminar

Abateraniye hano mwese,

Ndashaka gutangira mbashimira ku bw’ubutumire mwampaye, nk’uko musanzwe mubigenza mu materaniro nk’aya. Buri gihe nishimira kwifatanya namwe no kumva abantu benshi batugezaho impanuro n’amagambo y’ubuhanga cyane cyane no mu babibwirwa harimo abayobozi b’igihugu cyacu.

Mbere na mbere, ndashimira Pastor Warren ku bw’ibyo yatugejejeho kuko twabyigiyemo byinshi,  by’umwihariko abayobozi bo mu nzego za Leta. Nzi neza ko ibyo twumviye aha bifasha n’abandi bayobozi n’abatari mu nzego za Leta, ndetse byafasha no mu bucuruzi.

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ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME - KWIBOHORA 20

Kigali, 4 July 2014

I would like to begin by thanking the leaders from around Africa who have travelled here to mark this historic day with us, along with many other friends of Rwanda.Your presence is an expression of solidarity which we deeply appreciate.

Rwandans stand together today as a people united, liberated and focused — as never before — on attaining the future we want.

On the 4th of July in 1994, the darkest chapter in our history was brought to a close, and life could begin anew.

Too much was lost to commemorate that day as a triumph,and our liberation struggle is far from over.But we have come far enough, these past twenty years, to permit ourselves a moment of sober satisfaction, as we recommit to the journey ahead.

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME AT THE WOMEN IN PARLIAMENTS GLOBAL FORUM - JOINT SESSION WITH MDG ADVOCACY GROUP

Kigali, 3 July 2014

Let me start off with a slight complaint. My sister, our Speaker of Parliament, when she was kicking off her speech, she addressed the Prime Minister of Norway as her sister, as our sister, and forgot to say I am your brother as well. She just referred to me as the president, but I’m not complaining about that.

Therefore, I am pleased to be here with you and to welcome you to Kigali, our capital, for the Global Forum of Women in Parliaments.

My special thanks also to Prime Minister Solberg, with whom I share the honour and responsibility of co-chairing the MDG Advocacy Group. We are happy to have you, Prime Minister, in our midst.

For good reason, the proportion of parliamentary seats held by women is one of the three indicators that were chosen to track progress toward the 3rd Millennium Development Goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women.

In Rwanda, we have never seen attainment of this ratio as an end in itself.

Rather, it is the natural result of a conscious effort to remove the arbitrary obstacles that prevented many Rwandans, including women, from using their talents to the full.

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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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