25 January 2013

Rwanda: President Kagame Addresses Africa Context Panel At World Economic Forum

Davos — This morning at the World Economic Forum, President Kagame participated in the launch of the One Million Community Health Workers Initiative alongside Novartis CEO, Joseph Jimenez and Earth Institute Director, Jeffrey Sachs. This new campaign aims to greatly expand by training, equipping and deploying one million health care workers by the end of 2015 - reaching millions of undeserved people.

"We are more than happy to be part of the One Million Community Health Workers initiative. In Rwanda, we have trained close to 50,000 health workers. We have seen the ability of community health workers to improve public health and believe that this initiative can serve the cause of public health throughout Africa. This campaign will support many ongoing public-private partnerships, United Nations initiatives, and African Union efforts to meet the health Millennium Development Goals." President Kagame explained.

Following the launch, President Kagame was a panelist on a session titled "The Africa Context" discussing the challenges and transformation shaping leadership in Africa today, moderated by Nkosana Moyo. President Kagame addressed the audience alongside the CE0 BioTherm Energy, Jasandra Nyker, CEO of Ecobank Transnational, Thierry Tanoh, Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Finance Corporation, Jin-Yong Cai and Chairman of Eskom Holdings, Zola Tsosi. Topics discussed ranged from the need for strategic infrastructure, economic diversification and regional integration.

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