My secret is putting the people of Rwanda at the centre of everything-HE Paul Kagame

This was revealed yesterday by Paul Kagame, at the inaugural Wall Street Journal Conference on Investing in Africa. The conference is organized at the News Building in London Bridge, where leading investors, executives and government officials are convened to discuss how technology is driving change and investment in Africa, and to examine the economic and political landscape in-depth; The Wall Street Journal reports.

Asked on Rwanda’s secret to rapid growth, President Kagame said “the keyword was putting the people of Rwanda at the centre of everything, implementing policies to fit their needs and desires”.

Answering a question concerning what Africa expected from President Trump’s administration, President Kagame said that since it seemed that Americans were still figuring out their President, it would take Africans much longer to figure out what to expect from the new administration in the US.

He said, “Even before this, there has never been a clear US- Africa policy. Our interest as Africa is not to have people to do things for Africa but with Africa. It would be too early to judge President Trump’s administration now but probably something good might come out for us because it Is not babysitting we want. Maybe African might be pushed to learn a few lessons and do what they should have started long ago, which is to start working towards self-reliance.”

President Kagame observed that people should realize that working together actually leads to people fulfilling their interests, as opposed to one entity assuming they are doing the other a favor.

President Kagame also fielded questions from the gathered audience which touched on regional integration, regional security and investment in the youth.

The daylong conference featured one-on-one interviews, panel discussions and themed lunch table discussions, all hosted by the Journal’s editors, who drew on their knowledge of influential leaders to explore key challenges and opportunities in Africa.

Other participants featured included Patrick Njoroge, Governor of Central Bank in Kenya, Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank, and Mo Ibrahim, Chairman of Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Others included Uche Orji,Managing Director and CEO of Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Bob Collymore, CEO of  Safaricom, Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa and Alon Lits, General Manager of Uber Sub-Saharan Africa.

Jean Baptiste Karegeya

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