The heads of state Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Macky Sall of Senegal are nominated by the selection committee of Africa Road Builders to receive the Grand Prize Great Builder, according to APS.
The award is ’’Trophy Babacar Ndiaye’’, named after the former president of the African Development Bank (ADB), 1985-1995.
The order and cleanliness that characterize the roads of Kigali make the Rwandan president star of the continent. Media and expert reports on road, transport and sustainable development issues, as well as a survey of specialist journalists, were the basis for the hard work of selection, according to Adama Wade, chairman of the Committee In charge, put in mission by the General Commissariat of The Africa Road Builders.
He also noted that “The Africa Road Builders Selection Committee made this decision on April 18, after several months of work.” The two presidents will receive their awards at the prestigious ceremony in Ahmadabad, India, on the sidelines of the ADB’s 52nd Annual Meeting.
However, he said that the reports used “a survey of journalists specialized in development issues, covering the past five years was also considered”.
The criteria used by the committee to nominate the two presidents are as follows: for President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, “he was chosen for the order and cleanliness that characterize the roads of the capital Kigali”.
And for President Macky Sall of Senegal, the committee relied on “major projects such as TER (Regional express train), the new urban center of Diamniadio, with a motorway whose form and management are already cited as an example “.
The Africa Road Builders is presented as “a distinguishing ceremony of the actors of road and transport in Africa”. It takes place every year on the sidelines of the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (ADB).
It aims to “contribute to the promotion of modern and efficient roads and transport for a developed Africa, greater mobility in Africa”.
In Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, cleanliness is a tradition, while order is considered as gold, to be exploited and exported. So far, the Kigalians have thought so much it is normal to Rwandans, but now it becomes a great pride, until taking off medals to the head of state.
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