Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda: First Day - Key Highlights of the National Dialogue

President Paul Kagame has called upon Rwandans to fight injustice especially from the West.

President Kagame, who was opening the 10th annual National Dialogue (Umushyikirano) yesterday said that while fighting for one's dignity might be costly, the price of accepting to be used as a tool was much higher

"The more we seek peace and self reliance, the more resistance we face from those outside Rwanda. We must stand up for ourselves and refuse to be accused of crimes committed by the very same people who accuse us," he told participants from all over the country. "We are being accused of a crime in DRC that was committed long ago against Congolese but today is blamed on Rwanda. Crimes are committed against Congolese by others and Rwanda is blackmailed to take the blame."

"The cost of accepting injustice is much higher than the one of pushing back...we will continue to push back while keeping a smile but even with a smile, we say no" President Kagame during Umushyikirano, organized under the theme, 'Dignity, our goal is to be self-reliable' (Agaciro, Intego Yacu ni Ukwigira).

After President Kagame officially opened the Dialogue, two main presentations were part of the agenda. These were, promoting principles and values of self-reliance in Rwanda by the Minister of local government James Musoni, and another one on EDPRS2-Towards achieving self-reliance in Rwanda by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning John Rwangombwa.

Minister Musoni defined self-reliance as the ability of a country to depend on itself to meet its own needs. He said that for that to be achieved there must be means enhancing capacity and effectiveness to deal with the country's central socio-economic and political problems. The country has not to conflict with international cooperation and partnership.

He concluded by saying self-reliance leads to national pride, builds confidence and respect among citizens and State....instills people to be free rather than dependent on others, and is based on self-respect.

Minister Rwangombwa told the participants that Rwanda's priorities to drive economic transformation are, Diversifying the economy, Rapid Growth of Exports, Productivity and Competitiveness and Urbanization for Growth.

During the morning session also the Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi presented a report saying the implementation of the resolutions of 9th National Dialogue by by the council was at over 90%. Those resolutions concerned good governance, economic transformation, justice and social welfare.

The dialogue which is a platform where Rwanda's officials at central and local level, discuss with communities from around the country and Diaspora, issues regarding national development and social welfare continues today.

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