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  • President Kagame attends UN Broadband Commission Meeting.

    New York - 21 September 2014

  • President Kagame addresses thousands of Rwandans and Friends of Rwanda at Rwanda Day.

    Atlanta - 24 September 2014

  • President Kagame visits Mercer University's Atlanta campus and receives a T-shirt from Ed Baker of the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

    Atlanta - 20 September 2014


  • Sudanese team El Merreikh celebrates after winning the CECAFA Kagame Cup 2014 at Amahoro Stadium

    Kigali - 24 August 2014

Paul Kagame
Africa's challenges are its opportunities

Dubai, 1 October 2014

Today in Dubai, President Kagame addressed the Global Business Forum held in Dubai and hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

As the region's largest African Economic Event, the forum brought together seven hundred government and business leaders for a two days discussion aimed at strengthening economic ties between the Middle East and Africa.

Speaking on the panel titled “Africa Rising- Leading the Continent towards Change” alongside President Wirtu of Ethiopia and President Mahama of Ghana, President Kagame shared the vision that has allowed Rwanda to address its challenges:

“Africa's challenges are also opportunities. It is about investing in resources to ensure they benefit the people.”

Civilian Protection Central to Peacekeeping

Kigali, 26 September 2014

This morning, President Kagame addressed a high level meeting on strengthening international peacekeeping. The session aimed at improving funding and deployment of peacekeepers around the world was co-hosted by Rwanda, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Japan and the United States.As the fifth largest contributor of peacekeepers in the world, Rwanda recently joined an initiative launched by the United States to ensure rapid deployment of peacekeepers in conflict situation. The initiative will include 6 African nations and funding of 110 million dollars for training and equipment.


President Kagame emphasized three points that remain essential for effective peacekeeping: speed of deployment, protection of civilian and connection with communities served by peacekeepers.

“When lives are at stake, nothing matters more than saving them. Protection of civilians should be the central purpose of peacekeeping.”

MDG Deadline is not the finish line

New York, 25 September 2014


This morning in New York, President Kagame attended the United Nations Millenium Development Goals advocates meeting. President Kagame called on increased action towards achieving the MDGs and building on the gains made to date;

“Everyone can be an advocate for the Millennium Development Goals. There is always more to do and every voice counts.”

Rwanda has achieved several MDGs including the fastest rate of decline of child mortality and gender parity in education. With only 462 days to go until the deadline set for MDGs, President Kagame reminded those present that the MDGs are only the beginning as more needs to be done:

“The MDG are a floor, not a ceiling. Being on track does not mean that problem is solved, far from it. Even in the face of setbacks, which will always be there, it is useful to see them as opportunities to strengthen institutions and improve service delivery.”

Address by President Kagame at the 69th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly

New York, 24 September 2014

We are living through a period of unprecedented progress in human development. The success of the Millennium Development Goal framework demonstrates that international cooperation remains strong, though we wish the expected results would come faster.

Even on climate change, if the public and private sectors work together to increase investment in scientific research, we can look forward to a future where countries no longer have to choose between green energy and economic growth.

While we work on building peace and well-being in Africa, crises elsewhere in the world have aroused grave concern. Efforts to address them seem to have little effect, and in some cases may even make things worse.

Two critically important public goods have been consistently undervalued by the international system in its approach to conflict resolution and peacebuilding: These are physical security and national identity.