Kagame delivered the message yesterday as he virtually addressed participants of the summit of African Diaspora Network coinciding with 10 year anniversary.
The network was created ten years ago with a mission is to harness and engage the intellectual, financial, philanthropic and entrepreneurial capacity of Africans and friends of Africa to advance the continent’s development in different areas.
Kagame thanked the network’s for having brought together thousands of like-minded people to believe in and contribute to the progress of the continent over the years.
He emphasized that new ways to contribute to the progress of Africa are needed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
“This year, you have adapted to the Covid pandemic by finding new ways to serve and connect your members. Rwanda and other country on the continent are doing the same, as we work to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our people and our economies,” he said.
“Although it is more difficult, we have to think beyond the present moment by mobilizing resources and new ideas to accelerate the development our people need.
Africans in the diaspora can continue to play a role in this,” added Kagame.
He also pointed out an example of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which is nearing implementation noting that it provides vast opportunities.
“For example, African Continental Free Trade Area, which is nearing implementation, provides vast opportunities for investment, business, and human capital development, on a scale never seen before,” said Kagame.
He stressed the need to learn from the experience of others in regional integration and technological innovation to ensure success. Kagame also shared Rwanda’s experience which has been a proof that that paying serious attention serious attention to inclusivity, leaving no one behind is paramount to achieving envisaged goal.
“In Rwanda, we have learned that one way to get to where we need to be, is to pay serious attention to inclusivity , leaving no one behind. For example, by guaranteeing the participation of women in leadership at all levels, we can only win,” he noted.
The President further urged the diaspora network to continue to remain engaged with Africa.
“There are many ways to stay up-to-date with what is happening here, and take part in the many opportunities that our continent has always offered. We will continue to be good partners on this front, and indeed we look to you to do your part in addressing the challenges facing Africa,” he stated.
Africans in the diaspora play a great role in the development of their countries through support to their families and investments.
In 2018, the World Bank reported that African diaspora’s funding to Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 10%, thus reaching US$ 46 billion.