Prime Minister Dr. Ngirente Edouard made the observations on Wednesday while officially opening the 9th International Conference of the African Biblical Leadership Initiative (ABLI Forum) at the Kigali Convention Centre.
The three-day conference organized by the Bible Society of Rwanda is themed “From Trauma to Triumph: Synergizing Leadership for Healing and Harmony”
The Premier pointed out that the theme of this year’s Forum is very significant for the country saying that it is in line with Rwanda’s journey of unity and reconciliation.
“Bible principles played a considerable role in rebuilding trust and harmony among Rwandans. Truth-telling, apology, and forgiveness contributed a lot to the reconciliatory justice and the restoration of national identity and dignity,” Ngirente said.
“Within the framework of achieving unity and reconciliation among Rwandans, the Government of Rwanda opted for home-grown solutions. One of these is Gacaca courts, a restorative and reconciling justice,” he added.
The Premier said that it is mainly evident in different sectors of the country’s economy where values of integrity, hard work, and transparency were used to sustain the development process.
He applauded that Bible Society and churches work hand-in-hand with other governmental and non-governmental institutions since this partnership brings about community development, social welfare, and peace in the society.
Premier Ngirente noted that the Government of Rwanda appreciates its mission in society and the advocacy for different social causes such as trauma healing and literacy.
He further promised that the Government will continue to collaborate with the Bible Society of Rwanda to inspire positive values among Rwandans.
Renowned American evangelist and the Founder of Saddleback Church in the USA, Rick Warren said that the international community should take note of Rwanda’s achievements.
He stressed that Rwanda’s achievements under the leadership of President Paul Kagame are evidencing that cooperation among African countries can take the continent to farther growth.