Akamanzi, Gatare extend heartfelt thanks to Kagame

On 28 September 2023 at 03:09

Clare Akamanzi, the former CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), has extended her heartfelt thanks to President Paul Kagame for providing her with the opportunity to serve Rwanda and reaffirms her dedication to the country’s ongoing prosperity.

Akamanzi voiced the appreciation via X account, formerly Twitter following the appointment of her successor.

“I am deeply grateful to H.E Paul Kagame for the opportunity to serve at Rwanda Development Board. The growth and mentorship I’ve experienced has been more than a job. It’s been a labour of love that has greatly enriched me both personally and professionally”, she posted.

On Wednesday, September 27th, President Paul Kagame made several appointments, including Gen (Rtd) James Kabarebe as Rwanda’s new Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, responsible for Regional Cooperation. He succeeded Prof. Manasseh Nshuti, who has been appointed as a Senior Advisor in the President’s Office, in charge of special assignments.

Among these appointments, Francis Gatare has been named the new CEO of RDB, succeeding Clare Akamanzi.

Gatare also expressed his appreciation to President Kagame for the new assignment. He expressed his honor in joining the super-talented and committed team of the Rwanda Development Board and pledged to give his all, to listen and learn, with a vision to advance public-private partnerships as the engine of Rwanda’s economic growth.

Akamanzi had assumed the position from Gatare in 2017, after serving in that capacity since 2014 before becoming the CEO of the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum, and Gas Board (RMB). Gatare was subsequently appointed as the Senior Economic Advisor in the President’s Office in 2021 before his latest appointment.

Professionally, Akamanzi is a lawyer with a Bachelor of Laws obtained from Makerere University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre (LDC) in Kampala. She also holds a Masters of Laws in Trade and Investment law obtained from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, in addition to an honorary degree in Laws from Concordia University.

Additionally, she is a public administrator with a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and is involved in business and politics.

Akamanzi has expressed gratitude to President Paul Kagame for granting her an opportunity to serve Rwanda.
Francis Gatare is the new Chief Executive Officer of RDB.