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Rwanda Day 2012: Thousands Gather In Boston

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try http://class-actions.us/wp-includes/post-formats.php geneva; font-size: small;”>President Paul Kagame has already arrived in Boston and will participate in several activities at this year’s event which started today Friday.

According to Eng. James Kimonyo, the Rwanda Ambassador to United States, the theme of this year’s Rwanda Day is “Agaciro, The Journey Continues…”

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“This event will provide the opportunity for all Rwandans as well as our friends to learn more about the remarkable unfolding success story of Rwanda’s progress by hearing and seeing all the ways that this rebirth has been made possible,” said Kimonyo.

“I am pleased to inform you that His Excellency, President Paul Kagame has accepted to be our Guest of Honor,” he added.

Sources say dozens of Rwandan diplomats, businessmen, academics, and politicians, sportsmen among others living Europe, United States, China and other countries have already arrived in Boston.

Kimonyo said last year’s Rwanda Day event held in Chicago was a great success.

“Outdoing such a success is no small fit, but I am confident we can. I am most especially inspired by the incredible interest shown by so many of you that have already committed to attend Rwanda Day edition in Boston this year.”

This event will be marked by celebrations of Agaciro (Dignity) through traditional songs, poems, drums and dances.

A variety of organizations will also use this opportunity to showcase their products and potential opportunities for trade and investment offered in Rwanda.

Kimonyo observed: “Some of our Government leaders will share with us information on the ongoing political and socio-economic development of our country, and a wide range of topics will be covered during a series of panel discussions.”

According to the tentative programme, Rwanda Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo will give the opening speech.

Prof. Shyaka Anastase, CEO Rwanda Governance Board, will give a key speech under the theme “Ongoing governance Reforms, Taking Bold Steps.”

According to international surveys, Rwandans have highest levels of trust in their institutions.

This is primarily due to high levels of accountability and governing reforms aimed at empowering the citizen.

John Rwangombwa, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning will discuss a topic on “Rwanda Socio-Economic Transformation, the Next Phase (EDPRS).”

Rwanda has seen average economic growth of 8% in the last decade.

This growth has come along with socio-economic transformation such that one million people have lifted themselves out of poverty in the last 5 years (EDPRS I).

The Government of Rwanda sets more ambitious targets to ensure that 45% of its citizens are out of poverty under EDPRS II.

Mushikiwabo will separately analyze Rwanda’s global relations.

According to Kigali officials, Rwanda remains committed to promoting good relations based on the respect, mutual interests with other countries, aiming at enhancing peace, security and development.

The guests will also attend Rwanda Cultural Night on Friday.

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