BRUSSELS — Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Wednesday urged compatriots living in exile to return home to better economic times though the country has still to recover from the 1994 genocide. "If those who left returned they would see the country is doing better than when they left and that they are not doing as well as previously," Kagame said in an interview to the daily Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique. The leader of a country viewed as one of Africa's economic success stories flew into Belgium this week for a forum on development and while in Brussels met some 2,000 members of the Rwandan diaspora.
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“Kagame! Murderer! Kagame! Murderer!” Hundreds of Rwandans and Congolese demonstrated in Brussels the last few of days. They were angry that President Paul Kagame was invited to the European capital. But the demonstration was in vain – Brussels and Kigali remain close friends. “The president of Rwanda is a criminal”, said Paul Rusesabagina, the famous manager of Hôtel des Mille Collines who was among the demonstrators gathered on Albertina square in Brussels. “It is a disgrace that the European Union welcomes Kagame. The UN charge him with war crimes in Eastern Congo. We want to wake up the international community.”
President Paul Kagame, last weekend in Brussels, met with more than 2500 members of the Rwandan diaspora living across Europe. While addressing them, he advised that they should be good ambassadors, who speak the truth about their country and disregard the lies propagated by Rwanda's detractors. Rwandans know, more than anyone else, what the new Rwanda represents, having experienced, firsthand, the brutality and discriminatory practices of the previous regimes.
Over 2500 Rwandans from across Western Europe at Gathering 4 December 2010 President Kagame on Saturday evening met with Rwandans from several European cities in Brussels at a festive gathering that comes four years since his last visit to Belgium. President Kagame is on a working visit to Brussels and will on Monday attend the fifth edition of the European Development Days. Addressing nearly 2700 Rwandans and friends of Rwanda who had braved the unusually cold Belgian winter and travelled many hours to meet with him, President Kagame said that although each one of them were living outside Rwanda for various reasons, had come at different times and under different circumstances, Rwanda belonged to all of them, and what everyone seeks was a Rwanda for Rwandans, not for Tutsis, or Hutus or Twas or even foreigners – but for Rwandans.
A few days ago someone asked me why has Rwanda been so successful and what has made it so. He was partly reacting to an article I wrote elsewhere, outlining the reasons to which I attribute the strong emotions debates about Rwanda tend to provoke. A few weeks ago I wrote another article in which I argued that Rwanda was not yet a success story. My friend’s question therefore left me in something of a bind. Nonetheless, I concluded that well as Rwanda cannot be a success story in the same way as its role models, the Asian Tigers, have been, there are numerous developments since 1994 that one can point to as examples of success.
CNN's Ali Velshi talks to Rwandan President Paul Kagame about economic growth and other changes in the country.
Common understanding and shared values among all member states would make the UN more efficient on its mandate, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said here Friday, Xinhua informed. "The UN has evolved into a two-tier organization, reflecting a world that seems to be divided into two major categories: one with inherent laudable values, rights and liberties, and another that needs to be taught and coached on these values, rights and liberties," the Rwandan president said while addressing the general debate of the UN General Assembly.
President Kagame meets with MDG Advocates - "The MDG agenda requires appreciation of Africa's greatest asset - its people"
Following Monday’s launch of the MDG Summit, President Kagame, co-chair of the MDG Advocacy Group, and UN Secretary General today participated in the second meeting of the group that comprises eminent personalities selected to support the UNSG to build political will to accelerate progress on MDGs. The Advocacy Group met to discuss and adopt a Programme of Activities for the coming years.
On Monday, President Kagame met with former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Dr Hamadoun Toure of ITU as well as officials from various institutions involved in technology and development , to discuss how to build on the work of Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which just delivered its report to the UN Secretary General. Dr Gordon Brown was earlier this month elected to the Board of Directors of the World Wide Web Foundation established by the founder of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee
President Kagame Presents the Declaration of Broadband Inclusion for All and Final Report of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development
President Kagame today along with co-chair Carlos Slim presented of the Declaration of Broadband Inclusion for All and Final Report of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development to UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon, at an event held in New York, calling on the UN to own the work and integrate the recommendations into the mainstream development activities of all nations.