Kagame came to power in April 2000, succeeding Pasteur Bizimungu, who led the transitional government in 1994 after the Genocide against the Tutsi and unexpectedly resigned.
Two weeks after Bizimungu’s resignation, the Parliament and Cabinet elected Paul Kagame as the new President of the Republic of Rwanda, and a memorable inauguration ceremony took place within six days.
This political transition marked the beginning of Kagame’s visionary presidency. He was overwhelmingly elected in the August 2003 elections, securing the support of 95% of voters, a testament to his popularity and the trust Rwandans place in him.
Since 2000, Kagame has consistently worked to strengthen Rwandans’ unity, a mission that has borne fruit, increasing the national unity rate from 92.5% in 2017 to an impressive 94.7% today.
Rwanda is now a shining example of economic success in Africa, with an average annual growth rate of 7% since 2000. The annual GDP per capita has also seen a significant increase, rising from $374 in 1990 to $788 in 2018.
The national budget has been multiplied 14, and tax revenues have increased tenfold over the past two decades.
Kagame’s vision for Rwanda in 2034 was shared during an interview with the Chief Editor of Jeune Afrique, François Soudan and later published in a book entitled ‘Conversations with the President of Rwanda’.
He aspires to see a safe, prosperous, and independent Rwanda, where Rwandans enjoy a standard of living equivalent to that of developed countries. He envisions Rwanda becoming a donor country, contributing to the development of its African neighbors.
Kagame also expressed his desire to see Africa respected on the international stage, lamenting the persistent negative perception due to economic dependence and stereotypes. When asked if he believed these changes could occur in his lifetime, Kagame confidently replied that it is his hope, and that’s what he strives for.
Under Kagame’s ambitious vision, Rwanda continues its ascent towards a promising future, guided by principles of prosperity, security, and self-reliance.