“When we talk about development, we should give meaning to these numbers we keep talking about. When we say 12% growth, they’re not just numbers, they reflect people, and how their lives are being affected. When we say that our economy has been growing, we should ask ourselves questions like; do more people now have clean water? Do they have electricity? Do citizens have access to banking services, bank loans at good rates? Our security and stability results from the fact that our development numbers reflect the reality of our people’s day-to-day lives. Our citizens should have something in their pockets and be able to put food on their tables. Development doesn’t only mean moving from walking barefoot to wearing shoes. It means reaching a level where you are able to make the shoes you want to wear.” Chairman Kagame remarks at the 14th RPF Congress | Kigali, 21 December 2019

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