''Seek African solutions to African problems''– Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, has urged Africans to find workable solutions to their problems within their own continent, rather than turning to the west. 

When Africa becomes self-reliant, especially in repairing its economy, it will prevent outside interference, according to him.

In addition, he urged regional cooperation and leaders to shun corrupt practices.

President Kagame reiterated at the 18th National Dialogue Conference (Umushyikirano), which brings together citizens and government appointees to discuss various national issues, that Rwandans and Africans must work diligently to develop their economies.

"It cannot always be expected of you to be pulled by others, including being fed. Otherwise, they will teach you how to behave and what culture to adopt, and they will constantly remind you of the assistance they have provided. "The only way out of this is through hard work and self-awareness," he stated.

President Kagame stated that God did not place over 1.3 billion people on the African continent to be worthless and perpetually subservient to others, and that "Rwandans, Africans cannot be helped forever."

God did not create the vast African continent and its over 1,3 billion people with the intention of them living in poverty, being fed by others, being pitied, abused, and receiving aid. Do you believe this? How could that be?"

Recounting the progress Rwanda has made over the past three decades, President Kagame remarked that the country's current life expectancy of 69 years was previously unimaginable.

"It has taken nearly thirty years to rebuild our nation, and thirty years is a generation. It is unfortunate if you cannot see the changes that have occurred in the last 30 years. Those who lived to 40 were among the fortunate, but today the average Rwandan lives to 69." What we are doing is producing results. We have provided access to clean water and electricity to the vast majority of households in all regions of the nation.

Historically, access to clean water and electricity was difficult. It is always difficult to begin from scratch."

Regarding infrastructure, President Kagame stated that all of the country's districts are now connected to the capital Kigali by good roads. He stated that the recent Census provided his government with a clear picture of the population's needs and priority areas requiring attention.

Prime Minister Dr. Edouard Ngirente thanked the citizens for their efforts in achieving the national goals of Agriculture, Mining, Infrastructure, and Health care as he provided an update on the previous Umushyikirano national dialogue's accomplishments.

According to him, the government has plans to establish 114 vocational schools and a Bachelor of Technology degree program that can be pursued to the master's level at universities.

The Umushyikirano (National Dialogue), which began on February 27 and will conclude on February 28, is expected to produce resolutions outlining the country's social, political, and economic trajectory.

Annually, the President of the Republic of Rwanda presides over Umushyikirano, where Rwandans from all walks of life have the opportunity to ask their leaders direct questions. Members of the Cabinet and the Parliament, representatives of the Rwandan community abroad, local government, media organizations, diplomats, and others attend the event.

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