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  • Sudanese team El Merreikh celebrates after winning the CECAFA Kagame Cup 2014 at Amahoro Stadium

    Kigali - 24 August 2014

  • President Kagame chats with President of Senate, Prime Minister, Speaker of Chamber of Deputies and Chief Justice after the Swearing in Ceremony of Ministers, MPs and Deputy Inspector General of Police

    National Parliament - 18 August 2014

  • President Kagame at the Presidential Breakfast Discussion with Heads of State of the East African Community.

    Washington DC - 7 August 2014

  • President Kagame addresses the audience at the US Africa Business Forum.

    Washington DC - 5 August 2014

Paul Kagame
Our vision is about investing in people

Atlanta, 19 September 2014

President Kagame addressed students at Mercer University Stetson School of Business. In an interactive discussion moderated by Ed Baker, editor of Atlanta Business Chronicle, President Kagame spoke on Rwanda's vision and the business opportunities that exist today.

Vision 2020 is premised on investing in our people and developing our people. That is why we are focused on measuring how fast and how far we are moving in the direction we want.”

Attributing Rwanda's vision to lessons from the past, President Kagame emphasized the importance of citizen participation in shaping Rwanda's future:

We were very conscious of where we were coming from and what needed to be changed: our mindset. We fought against genocide and when we took responsibility, we made sure that we did everything possible to make every Rwandan feel that they have a stake in what is happening in the country. People used to wait for people to do the work for them. We said no, it has to start with us. The others can help but only if you are doing something”

President Kagame also addressed Rwanda's efforts towards self reliance:

'We may not want aid but we need it. But the best way to use it is in a way that we need less of it.”

Real wealth is in the head, not in the ground

Kigali, 16 September 2014

President Kagame has asked developing nations to believe in themselves in order to overcome obstacles that hinder them from competing in global trade. While speaking today at the 14th World Export Development Forum taking place in Kigali which was attended by the Ethiopia First Lady, Roman Tesfaye Abneh and other global leaders, President Kagame said the first piece of the necessary mindset is for ITC focus countries to believe in themselves.

President Kagame receives five new Ambassadors accredited to Rwanda

Kigali, 15 September 2014

President Kagame today received credentials of five new Ambassadors accredited by their respective nations to represent them in Rwanda, during a ceremony that took place at Urugwiro Village. The new Ambassadors are from India, Botswana, Venezuela, Belgium and Pakistan.

Amb. Jhony Balza Arismendi of Venezuela said his country was eager to cooperate with Rwanda in bid to promote the South-South cooperation by pooling efforts to face common challenges. Amb. John Moreti of Bostwana said as the first Ambassador to represent his country in Rwanda, he would advocate for a forward looking, open relationship between Rwanda and Botswana.

Amb. Ramesh Chandra who will represent India said his country and Rwanda have enjoyed good relations for a long time, and he would only work to take the relations to another level by increasing and strengthening existing areas of cooperation.

President Kagame presides over signing of 2014/2015 Imihigo

Kigali, 12 September 2014

President Kagame today presided over the annual Imihigo signing ceremony at Parliament, where Ministers and Mayors signed new performance contracts. The Prime Minister also presented the evaluation report of the 2013/2014 District Imihigo performance, and the three best performing Districts were awarded with trophies of recognition.

In his address, President Kagame commended local leaders for improved performance, but pointed out that the evaluation report shows that there was room for doing better if more efforts were employed:

"Good performance hinges on coordination by the different levels of government, but deliberate efforts also need to be made. According to this District evaluation report, the points scored depict great efforts but coming ahead of the pack is not enough in itself; you have to endeavour to be at your best in all aspects. Questions should be asked about Districts that consistently perform poorly because these are symptoms of leadership problems. Shortcomings are not always due to lack of resources, they are due to leaders choosing not to fulfill responsibilities.”