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visit web geneva; font-size: small;”>The 3.5 Mega Watt hydro-power dam cost US$18.5 million and was constructed in a partnership deal between the Government of Uganda and that of Germany which contributed US$12 million.

Also in this partnership programme was the West Nile Region (WENRE) Company, a subsidiary of the Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) an arm of the Aga Khan Development Network.

The independent power plant will supply electricity to the people of West Nile who, for long, have been depending on thermo power.

West Nile Region in stashed up in North Western Uganda, comprises the districts of Arua, Nebbi, Zombo, Moyo, Adjumani, Koboko, Yumbe and Maracha-Terego with a combined total population of nearly 2 million.

Museveni hailed the government of Germany and all the other stake holders for supporting the project.

He advised the people of the region to double their efforts in agricultural production and use the electricity, now at their disposal, to add value to their agricultural produce that would in turn go a long way in improving household income.

The Charge d’Affaires of the German Embassy in Uganda, Mr. Joachim Duster, congratulated the Government of Uganda and all stake holders, for the achievement adding that the utility will not only boost business in the West Nile Region but will also provide an opportunity for job creation and boost trade between the people of the area and those in the neighboring countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of South Sudan.

The Director of KWF Development Bank of Germany, Mr. Dove, disclosed that the German government is to partner up with the Government of Uganda in the development of a second hydro-power plant on Nyagak River that will generate an additional 4.4 Mega Watts of electricity.

He reported that Germany will also support the Government of Uganda in the distribution of electricity to all towns of the West Nile region.

Museveni inspected the dam, toured the power house which he commissioned, switched on power and performed the ground breaking ceremony for the distribution of electricity to the entire region of West Nile.

The historic ceremony was attended by the King of the Alur, Rwoth Obimo the 3rd, Ministers, MPs and district officials from the West Nile Region.

physician geneva; font-size: small;”>Professor Justin Lin, http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/ecwid-shopping-cart/templates/landing.php a former World Bank chief economist and author of “The Quest for Prosperity” welcomed President Kagame by reflecting on his visit to Rwanda.

“I was very inspired by the development in Rwanda and moved by the enthusiasm of its citizens for their future and the motivation the government to serve the people,” said Prof. Lin.

“I am convinced that if Taiwan can do it, China can do it, and Rwanda can also change from a low income nation to a high income one within one to two generations. President Kagame is the man who can make it happen.”

President Kagame gave a historical perspective of the relationship between China and Africa dating back to the 15th century by describing three phases, beginning with the 15th century trade with Malindi, followed by China’s support for decolonization of multiple African countries and leading up to the third and current phase.

“It has never been about subjugation. Instead, China-Africa relations have been about cooperation.”

Kagame added that this did not mean that both nations always agreed on everything but rather there is a foundation upon which to further refine a mutually beneficial relationship.

Sharing his views on aid with the students, President Kagame said:

“Aid has perpetuated dependency…unless aid aims to enhance individual and institutional capacity, it will not work. We need investments that promote entrepreneurship and innovation from within and from outside our continent,” cautioned Kagame, who recently blasted western countries for suspending aid to his country basing on what he termed as a “groundless” UN report that Kigali was bankrolling a rebellion in Eastern Congo.

Kagame travelled to China last Monday and has been there since then, where he he met the country’s Premier and also attended the World Economic Forum.

“With China and Africa making up a third of the population and a commitment towards collaboration from all involved parties, the opportunity for mutually beneficial partnership is unquestionable,” said Kagame.

The students were then given a chance to ask President Kagame questions.

One student asked the President how Rwanda balanced donor conditionalities with the resolve to own its development.

“For a country to develop, people will have to take ownership of that process of development, no one is going to hand it to you,” Kagame answered, attracting a thunderous ovation from students.

“We must challenge ourselves and also challenge others. We appreciate the help from outside but we must lead our process. We have seen it work in multiple areas including agriculture,” Kagame lectured the excited students.

Students also asked the President about the current relationship with international organizations, and particularly the World Bank.

President Kagame recognised the progress made by many institutions in changing traditional operating procedures.

He explained that Rwanda’s stance on organizations is based on Rwanda’s history of witnessing how much has been spent with very few recognizable results.

“In Rwanda, our system, without spending so much, has achieved so much more than other institutions who claim to support our processes,” President Kagame explained.

However, he also recognized a change in the way the World Bank has begun to do business.

“People have learned that to be helpful they must listen to needs and to new ideas of how things can be done differently,” said President Kagame.

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