Kigali, 17 March 2011

Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) officials have commended Rwanda for having attained peace and stability in short period of time. The officials, who are in the country to attend the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) meeting that has been ongoing since March 14 at Serena Kigali hotel, paid a courtesy call on President Kagame today at Urugwiro Village. The senior FBI officials, who were accompanied to the meeting by the United States envoy to Rwanda Ambassador Stuart Symington, included Joseph Demarest the FBI assistant Director, Richard Mains, Chief of FBI international operations division, Africa unit and Thomas Relford, the FBI legal attaché in charge of Eastern Africa.

Speaking after the meeting, the Inspector General of the Rwanda National Police Commissioner General Emmanuel Gasana said:

“The FBI officials are happy that Rwanda has been able to maintain peace, stability and development which has enabled prevention of serious crimes and have pledged to offer their support. They have visited several places of the country and are impressed by what the country and its people have achieved in the last 16 years”.

The four day FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) conference in Kigali has brought together 101 people from 26 countries from Africa and the Middle East who are discussing ways of preventing global crimes like transnational crimes, cyber crimes and terrorism through exchange of information.