President Nguesso hails Rwanda’s resilience, points out needed efforts for Africa to achieve prosperity

On 22 July 2023 at 07:07

The President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, expressed admiration for Rwanda’s resilience in the face of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, applauding the country for reinstating unity and progressing towards a prosperous future.

He was addressing a joint session of Rwanda’s parliament on the first day of his visit to Rwanda on Friday 21st July.

"I salute Rwanda, a country which, after the tragedy of the Genocide, courageously rose up to rebuild its unity, and cohesion, restore peace and security, and place itself with determination on the path of development," said Nguesso referring to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi which devastated Rwanda.

After the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, RPA Inkotanyi soldiers played a vital role in establishing a non-divisive leadership that promoted unity, reconciliation, and inclusive development among Rwandans under the leadership of President Paul Kagame. Despite facing a serious economic collapse, Rwanda has managed to transform into a resilient country, becoming a role model for many others in various aspects of life.

President Nguesso also emphasized critical areas of development that should receive attention to achieve prosperity across the African continent. He highlighted Africa’s vast resources, including minerals, gas, water, and human resources, which hold the potential to enable the continent’s prosperity. However, he emphasized that achieving prosperity requires maintaining peace and working towards collective autonomy for industrial development. He encouraged greater collaboration among African countries to secure a larger share of global industrial production.

According to President Nguesso, the future of the African continent depends on transformative approaches towards utilizing its natural resources effectively, adding value to them. He also emphasized the importance of implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA), which can contribute to a united, independent, and prosperous Africa.

Africa boasts significant global mineral reserves, petroleum and gas wealth, vast arable land areas, and an abundance of raw materials, making it a substantial reserve of natural resources on the planet. Moreover, the continent possesses a substantial hydro power potential, estimated at 300 gigawatts, largely underexploited, thanks to its rivers such as the Congo, Nile, and Zambezi.

President Nguesso also highlighted the potential for harnessing solar energy, which is eco-friendly, and expressed optimism that the development of Africa is well within reach.