Kigali, 8 March 2012

The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP’s Resident Representative, Aurelien Agbenonci today bid farewell to President Kagame as his tour of duty comes to an end. Agbenonci has served in Rwanda as UN coordinator for four years.

Speaking to the press after meeting President Kagame, Aurelien Agbenonci said:

“I have been posted to serve the UN in Mali after my mandate of four years in Rwanda ended and this is why I came to meet the President for some wisdom and guidance for my next appointment. I was sent here to support the leadership and the people of Rwanda to fight poverty and together, we have achieved a lot in these areas. We have also managed to build capacities in different sectors and focused on efforts to achieve the MDGs.”

Agbenonci also said the UN was instrumental in moving the agenda forward on policy dialogue on major issues like MDGs, the environment and women issues by offering support to government programs as partners.

“The partnership was quite fruitful and personally, I should say that I have learnt a lot from this country. The experience has been so enriching that I did not realise that four years have elapsed.”