President Paul Kagame has said that good politics should begin within countries through using their own capacities and acquired experience from others.
He made the remarks yesterday as he delivered a talk during the 6th Tokyo International Conference of Africa’s Development (TICADVI) that kicked off on Friday to end on Sunday last week.
The president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo; Akinwumi Adesina the president of African Development Bank and Joseph Stiglitz, an American expert in economics and lecturer at Columbia University are among other leaders who spoke at the conference.
“In Rwanda we start with what is known to match them with experiences acquired from others which can be applied to our context,” he said.
- President Paul Kagame with Nigeria’s former president Olusegun Obasanjo
President Kagame said policies that work elsewhere do not necessarily apply in the African context.
The president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama also highlighted that it is time to liberate Africa from relying upon donations and rather put efforts in trade.
Japan, Africa cooperation
The Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe revealed to participants of TICAD VI on Saturday that his country is to invest in projects worth $30 billion in Africa in the next years.
From next year, Japan will invest $10 in the development of infrastructures focusing on electricity, urban transport, roads and bridges while $20 billion will pass through Japanese private investors operating in Africa.
Dr. Uzziel NDAGIJIMANA, the Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) told participants that the fund will as well be tapped into to deepen EAC integration.
- The president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
- The former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo
- President Paul Kagame
- The Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe