The president made the observation today in Belgium as he attended Europe’s leading development forum, European Development Days (EDD).
President Kagame said that Africa is also starting to come together to assert its interests with one voice referring to the African Continental Free Trade Area as one of the most significant recent achievements in expanding the horizon of opportunities on the African continent, which will be formally launched next month at the African Union Summit in Niger.
Kagame stressed that there is more work ahead to make sure that this agreement results in increased prosperity for all people noting that the continent is eager to get started because the task of addressing inequality has always been the primary responsibility of each individual country.
He explained that in the current global context, it is more imperative than ever that developing countries take more effective lead of their general development agenda, as well as raising the level of prosperity.
“It is not something that can be done by external actors alone. The starting point is an inclusive politics that puts citizens at the centre. Community ownership of development empowers citizens to hold government accountable,” said Kagame.
The President highlighted that the latter builds public trust without which it is difficult for governments to define the challenges that impede progress, and implement appropriate solutions.
Referring to Rwanda’s situation, Kagame explained that Rwandans have been able to get some good results relative to the limited level of resources at their disposal, particularly in areas including health, access to education, and environment.
“This shows what is possible in other areas, and on a larger scale, especially by investing in human capital and technology,” he said.
“In addition, we are working to create new employment opportunities for women, youth, and vulnerable groups, so that they are able to make full use of their talents and innovation to achieve a better standard of living,” added Kagame.
He also lauded the President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker who is completing his mandate for his committed leadership as well as the strong and productive partnership that has been built over time, between the European Union, and both Rwanda and Africa.
This Year’s European Development Days (EDD) forum was organized under the theme: ‘Inequalities: trends and challenges in the context of globalization.’
Kagame was invited to deliver a keynote speech on ‘Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind’ at the two-day summit held on 18-19th June 2019.
European Development Days was launched in since 2006.
It is organized by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) and brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.