Kigali, 29 March 2011

President Kagame today officially opened the 4th Meeting of the 4th Session of the Second East African Legislative Assembly sitting in Kigali. In his address, President Kagame thanked assembly members for helping Rwandans build houses during Umuganda as part of Rwanda’s bid toensure decent housing for all:

“Your participation is an expression of solidarity among East Africans and makes the East African Community more meaningful”.

President Kagame highlighted poor financing as one of the factors which are hampering efforts to speed greater integration and improve the social and business environment in the region.

“I believe the area with the greatest potential for advancing the East African Community integration agenda is infrastructure development. We have already designed a number of very important infrastructure projects such as the East African Roadmap Network Project, the East African Trade and Facilitation Project and the East African Community Railway Project. It is now time to move from the drawing board and on to the next level that should see results on the ground”.

In his statement, the Speaker of the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly, Abdirahin Abdi, congratulated President Kagame upon his victory in last year’s Presidential election:

“This is testimony to the great confidence that the people of Rwanda have in you. As East Africans we are proud to be associated with Rwanda.”

Over the next two weeks, the East African Legislative Assembly will discuss legislation on to EAC’s integration dispensation as well as meet Rwandan MPs, leaders and the general public,

Next week, Assembly members are expected to show their solidarity with the people of Rwanda by joining them in the commemoration of the Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi.