(Xinhua) -- Rwanda president Paul
Kagame on Saturday urged the top government leadership to step
out of the comfort zones and spearhead the country’s social and
He made the call while opening
the 14th National Leadership Retreat in Gabiro, Eastern
Top leaders from the central and local government and members
of the private sector and civil society have converged here for
a five-day leadership retreat that started Saturday.
The leadership retreat aims to evaluate the government’s
implementation of the country’s Vision 2020 and to discuss how
to design Vision 2050 as mandated in the National Dialogue held
December last year.
"We keep congratulating ourselves for good results but why
don’t you do more of what you are capable of doing," Kagame told
He emphasized the need to establish a solid platform to
enable leaders to co-operate and have a sense of urgency towards
fast-tracking the country’s ambitious development programs.
"Our tragic history means that we can not move at the same
pace as others.
"It requires us to have a sense of urgency," the Rwandan
This year’s retreat came a few months away from the
completion of the seven-year program that guided the work of the
current leadership and the second phase of the Economic
Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2).
EDPRS2 main objective is to put Rwanda on a higher growth
trajectory, in order to deliver the country to a middle-income
status envisioned in Vision 2020.
The small central African country also targets to increase
private sector investments to 15.4 percent of the GDP.
According to the 2017 World Bank report, Rwanda has the
potential to be one of Africa’s great success stories given its
dynamic social and economic transformation.
Under current initial plan towards Vision 2050, Rwanda is
projected to be an upper-middle-income country by 2035 with a
per capita annual income of more than 4,000 U.S. dollars, while
it will be a high income economy by 2050 when every Rwandan will
be earning at least 12,000 dollars a year.
Currently, Rwanda’s annual per capita income is estimated at
around 720 dollars, nevertheless the economy will need to be at
an average annual growth of above 10 percent, if Vision 2050 is
to be achieved.
This year’s retreat that has convened together about 300
leaders will conclude on Wednesday next week.
Rwanda president urges
military to fortify national sovereignty
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda President Paul Kagame has called on the
country’s army to provide security guarantee and protect
territorial integrity for building well-off society.
He made the remarks on Thursday while presiding over the
pass-out ceremony 478 Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) officer cadets
who successfully completed a one-year military training course
at the Rwanda Military Academy (RMA) in Gako, Bugesera district,
Among the new cadet officers, 68 are women.
Kagame underscored the need to engage the sense of
responsibility of security organs as a whole to participate in
building and strengthening national defense.
"Protecting our sovereignty means working for the development
of every Rwandan and ensuring that no one is left behind.
"True sovereignty means the well being and dignity of our
citizens," said the president.
"It is your responsibility to protect the sovereignty of our
country but most importantly, our citizens."
Senior government officials, military and families of the
cadets attended the ceremony where advanced military skills were
displayed by the graduates.
The Rwanda Defense Forces’s history of heroism is especially
enriched by the act of stopping the 1994 genocide in Rwanda
among other things that have helped towards the transformation
of Rwanda into a stable state.