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Rwandan President Paul Kagame to World Economic Forum: Africa Needs to Resolve Its Own Issues

KIGALI, Rwanda — Rwandan President Paul Kagame yesterday told delegates at the World Economic Forum in China that for Africa to stay relevant, ‘the continent needs to resolve issues within us.’

“Every constituent should play a part in leading,” President Kagame told the Africa’s Future Economy panel at the ongoing forum in Tianjin, China. He added that as Africa accounts for 2.8 per cent of global investment, there is potential to do more.

“We have to look at both traditional partners as well as emerging partners, we are not trading one for the other,” said Kagame.

The President also attended a session on Rwanda, where he welcomed participants to better understand and be part of the change in Rwanda.

Held under the theme ‘Creating Future Economy,’ The World Economic Forum was opened by China’s Premier Wen Jiabao, who explained China’s accomplishments over the past decade.

“We have cut poverty by half ahead of 2015, 100â-‘s of millions of Chinese families have experienced tremendous changes in last few years and Chinese people have changed their life through hard work and perseverance.”

Premier Jiabao also stressed that hard work brings a sustainable base for growth, improved infrastructure and builds sound institutional framework.

President Kagame has been in China since Sunday, September 9. At that time, President Kagame was the guest of honor at an event hosted by the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). The President told the young business leaders, that Rwanda’s progress was a result of the deliberate effort, and choice of the Rwandan people.

On Monday, he was hosted to a luncheon by members of the business community in Hong Kong to discuss the multiple business opportunities Rwanda has to offer.

On Tuesday, he held discussions on bilateral relations with China’s Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao in Tianjin. The two leaders expressed their satisfaction with the current cooperation between nations.

President Kagame’s delegation includes Rwanda’s Ambassador to China, Francois Ngarambe, Minister of Finance, John Rwangombwa and acting CEO of RDB, Clare Akamanzi.

Source: All Africa

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