(Xinhua) -- Rwandan annual National Dialogue Council,
a forum where participants debate issues relating to the state
of the nation, the state of local government and national unity,
concluded Tuesday by highlighting the role of the youth for
national transformation efforts.
First taking place in 2003, National
Dialogue Council, locally known as Umushyikirano, is
attended by members of the cabinet and parliament,
representatives of the Rwandan community abroad, local
government, media, the diplomatic community and others
invited by the president.
The forum aims to be a leading example
of participatory and inclusive governance, where
Rwandans have the opportunity to ask questions to their
Tuesday’s discussions are chaired by
Rwandan President Paul Kagame and attended by other
senior government leaders. Participants also include
over 2,500 Rwandans from across the country and diaspora.
The Youth in Rwanda had a front role
in the destruction but there is no doubt today that they
are and will continue to be the drive of Rwanda’s
transformation, said Rwandan minister of youth Rosemary
Mbabazi at a panel discussion on youth at the center of
transformation during the two-day forum.
Rwandan entrepreneur Jaures Habineza
who joined the discussion said the post-genocide
generations of Rwanda must have the humility to serve
the country, adding that the youth are Rwanda’s pillars
and the youth’s values will guide their way through
(Xinhua) -- Rwandan Minister of Finance and
Economic Planning Claver Gatete (R, Front) explains
finance issues related to the youth at Rwandan annual
National Dialogue Council in Kigali, captial of Rwanda,
on Dec. 19, 2017. Rwandan annual National Dialogue
Council, a forum where participants debate issues
relating to the state of the nation, the state of local
government and national unity, concluded Tuesday by
highlighting the role of the youth for national
XINHUA PHOTO: GABRIEL
The forum also saw eight resolutions
under the categories of education, health, economy and culture.
They include stressing the need to keep taking necessarily
measures and changes aimed to improve quality of education in
all education sectors, increasing health infrastructures and
capacity building of medical personnel, sensitizing parents
about giving their children balanced diet, among others.
Rwanda has to take of drugs seriously
and cannot allow Rwandan youth to go to waste, said Kagame in
his closing speech of the forum, which he said is productive.
“You cannot afford to waste any
opportunity. Drug abuse has lifetime consequences to your
lives, some which are irreversible,” he told young people.
He advised the youth to mind the
well-being and to develop patriotic spirit for their country,
and shouldn’t let the fear of failure or taking risks stand in
He also called on Rwandan leadership
to maintain key values of serving, respecting and listening to
citizens, fighting corruption and abuse of office, using public
resources effectively, as well as treating every Rwandan equally
and giving women and girls the respect they deserve.