Kigali, 8 July 2016

President Kagame today inaugurated the Kigali Convention Centre, which will host delegates during the African Union Summit scheduled for July 10-18.

In his inauguration speech, President Kagame thanked the forces that were behind the realisation of the project from inception to conclusion, calling it the fruit of not only the spirit of resilience but also hard work and team work.

“Through the Rwandan spirit we tried to put up this structure but failed three times. We finally succeeded. The Rwandan spirit means we have failed many times but we don’t give up, we have succeeded more than we have failed. We appreciate the opportunity we were availed with to host the African union summit and that put us under immense pressure to succeed with this facility.”

President Kagame said what remained was for Rwandans and friends of Rwanda all over the world to make good use of what the facility provides.

Most of us were brought up in small huts that look like this dome, so, it’s truly Rwandan and a modern symbol of our cultural heritage.”

Thanking the AU Commission for the opportunity accorded to Rwanda to host the Summit, President Kagame said Rwandans look forward to hosting the African Union Summit and that it would make them proud.