The president who was chairing the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC), a group of eminent Rwandan and International experts who offer strategic advice and guidance to the President also thanked members of the council for staying the course and sticking with Rwanda for a very long time 25 years after Genocide adding that Rwandans have good stories to tell.
“After so many years of being together in PAC, things keep changing and they change for the better. People have been working hard, and the people of Rwanda have been a central part of this story. Today, we can say that we have good news in a sense of where the country is. We are not yet there as we all know, but we have made progress. It is still a work in progress,” he said.
Kagame said that in collaboration with Rwandans and advice from the council, Rwanda continues to progress while many countries’ economies are not stable.
Figures reveal that Rwanda’s economy grew by 8.6 % last year, grew by 8.4 % in the first quarter of 2019 and 12.2 % in the second quarter.
He said numbers are self-evidencing that anyone with doubts should talk to Rwandans.
“Numbers also tell a very good story and they are built on many things. The good news is continued good progress even at a time when the world is also struggling. I never knew the world would come to struggle as we struggled,” said Kagame.
“I want to thank you because this story that we’ve built-in and outside Rwanda, we’ve done it together; and Rwandans are actually happy. If anyone has doubt about that go talk to them,” he added.
The President said there are times when many people gave up on Rwanda including own people but observed that those who stayed have carried on and have nothing lacking in the spirit of fighting on.
He explained that many Rwandans were born 25 years ago or were under 10 back then.
The President stressed that some of them didn’t have any hope that they would even go to school.
“Some of them didn’t have any hope that they would even go to school; that they would live for 25 years. Now, the same people are young, proud, men and women who tell you these stories of how they’ve made it. They can be as proud as they want, as anyone in the world,” he said.
Kagame explained that such testimonies are better told by Rwandans, not the media.
“They tell you these stories themselves. It is not something to wait to be told by some journalists. And all of them have something to show. It’s real. This story resulted from the partnerships, the friendships, and the hard work and resilience of the people of Rwanda themselves,” he said.
Established in 2007, the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) is held twice a year in April and September.
Discussions at PAC are aimed at identifying innovative and pragmatic interventions that drive Rwanda’s socio-economic development. President Kagame thanked members for staying the course over a decade.
The discussions took place in New York, the United States where Kagame traveled to attend the 74th United Nations General Assembly that starts today.