Washington, DC, 7 August 2014

This morning, President Kagame addressed a gathering of business leaders at a breakfast hosted by the Washington, DC chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organizations

Speaking on leadership and the progress Rwanda has experienced in the last two decades, President Kagame pointed to the choices Rwanda made to move forward:

“When faced with a challenging situation, you ask yourself what is the alternative. We chose to turn around our situation and leave history behind. We chose to give confidence to our people that they can overcome any adversity.”

President Kagame shared Rwanda’s vision for the future as one defined by transformation and prosperity for all. He added that development of individual nations can only be sustainable with the transformation of the continent adding that Rwanda was committed to progress at home and beyond.

Following the interactive discussion with the Young Presidents Organization, President Kagame attended a Presidential Breakfast Discussion with Heads of State of the East African Community.

Hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce, the East African Community, the East Africa Exchange and the Whitaker Group, the discussion brought together leaders of East Africa with members of one of the largest business organization in the world to discuss regional integration as well as opportunities for investment in the region.

Prior to his departure, President Kagame held bilateral meetings including with President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Young Kim and President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.

Notes to the editor

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses.
  • YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) unites approximately 22,000 business leaders in more than 125 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange.