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Dates for Umushyikirano 2021 confirmed

By IGIHE
On 27 November 2021 at 07:46

The Government of Rwanda has confirmed dates for the annual National Dialogue Council ‘Umushyikirano’ that was cancelled last year due to increasing COVID-19 cases.

The upcoming Umushyikirano will take place from 20th to 21st December 2021 at Kigali Convention Centre.

It will bring together government officials, parliamentarians, Rwandans within the country and abroad and journalists among others.

Senior government officials are expected to sign performance contracts during the National Dialogue Council.

The 18th National Dialogue Council cancelled in 2020 was scheduled on 16th December 2020. It was cancelled by the cabinet meeting held on 14th December which also postponed all national events.

During the council, the president delivers ‘State of the Nation’ address.

Umushyikirano is Kinyarwanda’s equivalent of ‘dialogue’. During the dialogue, participants exchange ideas, share experiences, peer review and question each other. Today Umushyikirano is known as the National Dialogue Council.

As part of efforts to reconstruct Rwanda and nurture a shared national identity, the Government of Rwanda drew on aspects of Rwandan culture and traditional practices to enrich and adapt its development programs to the country’s needs and context.

The result is a set of Home Grown Solutions – culturally owned practices translated into sustainable development programs. One of these Home Grown Solutions is Umushyikirano.

Governed by the Rwandan Constitution (Article 168), Umushyikirano is a forum where participants debate issues relating to the state of the nation, the state of local government and national unity. The Office of the Prime Minister is responsible for the overall co-ordination of Umushyikirano.

President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame arriving at Kigali Convention Centre on 20th December 2019 on the last day of the 17th Umushyikirano.

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