Dutch Minister hails Rwanda’s resilience

Dutch Minister hails Rwanda’s resilience

The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumenm, has hailed Rwanda for its resilience that has enabled the country to move from total destruction during the genocide to today’s success.

Ploumenm’s remarks come at a time when the country is holding a week long official 20th genocide commemoration period that kicked off on April 7th and was attended by Rwandans and friends of Rwanda from across the world.

“Today, 20 years later, a new generation of Rwandans has grown up in peace and security. For them, a new chapter is being written with the most recent campaign called NdiUmunyarwanda, or ‘I am Rwandan’,” Ploumenm said

Spurred by President Paul Kagame Rwanda has witnessed tremendous transformation, growth and development twenty years down the line, enabling Rwandans to unite and reconcile but also alleviate poverty, through streamlined policies and programs such as the poverty reduction strategy plan (EDPRS).

“We are not working to become other people, we know who we are and we are working to build a country that we are proud of. We must work hard because if we wait for others to develop our country, we will not make progress. Any external help must only come as an addition to our own efforts to better ourselves. We are prepared and determined to continue on the path we are on to develop our nation.” Kagame said during a community cleaning exercise ahead of the commemoration week.

Also during the 11th National Leadership Retreat at the Gabiro School of Combat in Gatsibo District Kagame told leaders that Rwanda cannot afford to lose its sense of urgency because of where the country knows where it’s coming from and where it wants to be.

“We must remember that we are working for citizens of Rwanda, not for our personal interest. We need to do more and we need to do it fast.”

To emphasis the direction and future of Rwanda, Kagame says that Rwandans have made three choices since the genocide- the choice; to unity, to accountable governance and thinking big to turn the country around from the devastating effect of the ethnic cleansing that left more than a million people dead.

Apparently, Rwanda’s growth has seen an improvement in doing business and making it easy to register a business and the country has been ranked in position 32 out of 189 countries in the latest World Bank data provided on Doing Business 2014

The Fitch Ratings 2013 report predicted that Rwanda has to maintain peace and stability and success succession plans in the country’s leadership in order for Rwanda to cushion the effects of the world economic crunch and perform well economically.

Fitch Ratings says that political stability should prevail and President Paul Kagame’s rule and the sense of stability highlight the importance of an orderly succession after 2017.

Under the Kagame’s rule Rwanda has witnessed tremendous transformation after the country was destroyed during 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. The country has witness continued rapid and inclusive real GDP growth, at 8% in 2012 and 8.3% on average since 2005 and at least 1million Rwandans have moved above the poverty line.

The achievement of Kagame’s rule have earned Rwanda recognition on both the local and international arena, due to economic development has also been supported by large investments attracted by the third best business climate in Africa according to the World Bank.

Fitch expects growth to remain robust, at 7.5% per annum up to 2015, driven by continuing high investment, expansion of the private sector and gradual integration within the East African Community- of which Rwanda is highest performer and role model in good governance and rapid economic development stimulation policies among others.

Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Ambassador Claver Gatete has said that Rwanda’s economic performance for the financial year 2013-2014 will be highly propelled by a drive to self-reliance and restoring Rwanda’s dignity.

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