Rwanda Preps for National Dialogue

Kagame speaks at a recent community function in Rwanda

price geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>This year’s two-day dialogue, more about which will be held under the theme “The Rwandan spirit: foundation for sustainable development,” is set to take place at the Parliament building in Kigali starting December 6.

Three main presentations followed by interactive sessions will see participants including President Paul Kagame, government officials, civil society, local government, business, diplomats, media, NGOs and citizens discuss Rwanda’s progress and road to economic self-reliance (Kwigira).

Another presentation will dissect the increased productivity and private sector growth and role of the youth.

“Umushyikirano is an annual event chaired by the President of Rwanda that gives Rwandans from all walks of life the opportunity to ask questions directly to their leaders,” officials told Chimpreports on Monday.

“Umushyikirano is a homegrown solution for participatory and inclusive governance. By directly engaging with their leaders, Rwandans can be part of the decision making that affects their lives. Umushyikirano also serves as a forum for Rwandans to hold their leaders and government to account.”

Each year about one thousand people attend the event in person, while many thousands more in Rwanda and beyond follow the proceedings through live TV and radio coverage, online livestreaming, social media (#Umushyikirano2013).

Those attending include members of the Cabinet and Parliament, representatives of the Rwandan community abroad, local government, private sector, civil society, media, the diplomatic community and others invited by the President.


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