Busan, 29 October 2011

President Kagame today arrived in Busan, South Korea where he is scheduled to take part at the 4th High Level Forum on aid effectiveness which kicked off today. Other prominent world leaders taking part include Lee Myung-bak, President of the Republic of Korea, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, Mrs Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan among, others.

The forum will bring together leaders from developing and donor countries, representatives of civil society organizations and private sector. Approximately 2,000 delegates taking part at the forum will review global progress in improving the impact and value for money of development aid and make new commitments to further ensure that aid helps reduce poverty and supports progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Since early 2000, the government of Rwanda has taken a strong lead in promoting effective use of aid along the lines of the broad parameters enshrined in international agreements including the Rome and Paris Declarations and the Accra Agenda for Action.

The outcomes of the Busan Forum are expected to contribute to an integral part of a new and inclusive agenda for effective cooperation founded on common goals, shared principles and differentiated actions with focus on areas such as improved quality and effectiveness of development cooperation, departure from aid effectiveness to development effectiveness and Partnership for progress towards and beyond the MDGs.

During his stay, President Kagame is scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with H.E Lee Myung-bak, President of the Republic of Korea. President Kagame will also meet with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon and pay visits to the Hyundai Heavy Industries and Automobile Plant, Samsung Plant and KISA Cyber Security Center.