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Global leadership

Kagame remains a vocal advocate for global issues such as climate change, sustainable development, and gender equality. He is a regular speaker at international forums and has received numerous awards for his leadership. In 2020, Kagame was appointed to the Global Commission on Adaptation, which is working to help countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. Kagame is a vocal advocate for global issues such as climate change, sustainable development, and gender equality. He is a regular speaker at international forums and has received numerous awards for his leadership. In 2020, Kagame was appointed to the Global Commission on Adaptation, which is working to help countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. Kagame's advocacy for global issues is significant for a number of reasons. First, he is a leader of a small, developing country. His voice is important in reminding the world that climate change, sustainable development, and gender equality are not just issues for developed countries, but for all countries. Second, Kagame is a successful leader. Rwanda has made significant progress in addressing climate change, promoting sustainable development, and empowering women. Kagame's example shows that it is possible to achieve economic growth and social development while also protecting the environment and promoting gender equality. Third, Kagame is a respected figure on the international stage. He is known for his pragmatism, his commitment to results, and his willingness to speak his mind. This gives him a unique platform to advocate for global issues. Kagame's appointment to the Global Commission on Adaptation is a testament to his leadership on climate change. The Global Commission on Adaptation is a group of high-level leaders who are working to help countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. Kagame's membership on the Commission will help to ensure that the voices of developing countries are heard in the discussion on climate change adaptation. Here are some specific examples of Kagame's advocacy for global issues: In 2020, Kagame spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. He called on developed countries to do more to help developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. In 2021, Kagame launched the Rwanda Green Fund, a $100 million fund to support climate-resilient development in Rwanda. In 2022, Kagame was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global think tank that is working to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Kagame's advocacy for global issues is making a difference. He is helping to raise awareness of important issues such as climate change, sustainable development, and gender equality. He is also helping to mobilize resources and build partnerships to address these challenges.

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Economic diplomacy

Kagame has continued to attract foreign investment to Rwanda and has promoted trade and tourism. He has also played a key role in negotiating trade deals with other countries and regional blocs. In 2022, Rwanda joined the Commonwealth of Nations, which will further boost its economic relations with other countries. Kagame's economic diplomacy has been a key factor in Rwanda's economic transformation over the past two decades. He has made attracting foreign investment, promoting trade and tourism, and negotiating trade deals a top priority. Kagame has been successful in attracting billions of dollars in foreign investment to Rwanda. In 2022, Rwanda was ranked as the 12th most attractive country in Africa for foreign investment by EY's Africa Attractiveness Survey. Rwanda's attractive business environment, political stability, and skilled workforce have all contributed to its success in attracting foreign investment. Kagame has also been successful in promoting trade and tourism in Rwanda. Rwanda's exports have increased by more than tenfold over the past two decades. The country's tourism industry has also grown rapidly, with the number of tourists visiting Rwanda increasing from around 400,000 in 2000 to over 1.5 million in 2022. Kagame has also played a key role in negotiating trade deals with other countries and regional blocs. In 2016, Rwanda signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which is the world's largest free trade area. The AfCFTA is expected to boost trade between African countries and create millions of new jobs. In 2022, Rwanda joined the Commonwealth of Nations, a group of 56 countries that were formerly part of the British Empire. Rwanda's membership in the Commonwealth will further boost its economic relations with other countries. It will also give Rwandan businesses access to new markets and investment opportunities. Overall, Kagame's economic diplomacy has been a major success. He has attracted billions of dollars in foreign investment, promoted trade and tourism, and negotiated trade deals with other countries and regional blocs. This has helped to transform Rwanda into one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa. Here are some specific examples of Kagame's economic diplomacy achievements: In 2022, Rwanda attracted $1.3 billion in foreign direct investment, according to the Rwanda Development Board. Rwanda's exports increased by 15% in 2022, reaching $3.7 billion. Rwanda's tourism industry generated $519 million in revenue in 2022, up from $496 million in 2021. Rwanda signed the AfCFTA in 2016, which is expected to boost trade between African countries by $35 billion by 2025. Rwanda joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 2022, which will give Rwandan businesses access to new markets and investment opportunities. Kagame's economic diplomacy has had a significant impact on Rwanda's economy. Rwanda is now one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa, with a GDP growth rate of 10.9% in 2022. Rwanda has also made significant progress in reducing poverty and improving living standards. Kagame's economic diplomacy has also been praised by other African countries. Many African leaders see Kagame as a role model and have sought his advice on how to attract foreign investment and promote trade. Kagame's economic diplomacy is helping to transform Africa and make it a more attractive destination for foreign investment and trade.

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Regional peace and security

Kagame played a key role in mediating the 2018 Nairobi Agreement, which ended the political crisis in Burundi. He also continues to lead the Rwandan peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kagame played a key role in mediating the 2018 Nairobi Agreement, which ended the political crisis in Burundi. In 2015, Burundi plunged into a political crisis after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to run for a third term in office, which many Burundians saw as a violation of the constitution. The crisis led to widespread violence and protests, and the United Nations warned of the risk of genocide. Kagame was called in to mediate the crisis. He worked tirelessly with the Burundian government, opposition groups, and regional leaders to negotiate a peace agreement. In 2018, the Nairobi Agreement was signed, which ended the violence and paved the way for a new political dispensation in Burundi. Kagame's role in mediating the Nairobi Agreement was significant. His deep understanding of the Burundian conflict, his close ties to the Burundian government and opposition groups, and his reputation as a regional leader all contributed to the success of the mediation process. He also continues to lead the Rwandan peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC has been ravaged by conflict for decades. In 1996, Rwanda intervened militarily in the DRC to overthrow the genocidal regime of Mobutu Sese Seko. Since then, Rwanda has maintained a peacekeeping presence in the DRC. Kagame has played a key role in leading the Rwandan peacekeeping mission in the DRC. He has worked closely with the Congolese government and other regional leaders to develop strategies for peace and security. The Rwandan peacekeeping mission has been credited with helping to reduce violence and improve security in the DRC. Kagame's leadership of the Rwandan peacekeeping mission in the DRC is significant. It demonstrates Rwanda's commitment to regional peace and security. It also highlights Kagame's deep understanding of the conflict in the DRC and his ability to work with other regional leaders to find solutions. Overall, Kagame's role in mediating the 2018 Nairobi Agreement and leading the Rwandan peacekeeping mission in the DRC is a testament to his leadership and commitment to peace and security in Africa.

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Speech: Kagame Launches Centre For Fourth Industrial Revolution

I am pleased to join you today, for the launch of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Rwanda. I would like to start by thanking the World Economic Forum, and Professor Klaus Schwab, for the long-standing partnership. And Børge, thank you for joining us here today, in person. We have known each other with Børge, for quite some time now. Happy to see you in our country. Over the years, the Forum has accompanied our country’s ambition to be a digital economy, aiming at inclusive and sustainable growth. The launch of the Centre is happening at a critical time, and we must take full advantage of it. In Rwanda, and all over the world, emerging technologies have driven innovations to contain the Covid pandemic, and mitigate its impact on livelihoods. This has sped up changes that were already underway. The way we live, work, and interact with each other will keep evolving, as technology does. But data governance frameworks have not kept up with the fast pace of digital transformation. I therefore commend the Centre for supporting the development of Rwanda’s Personal Data Protection and Privacy Law. The policy will safeguard our citizens, while leveraging emerging technologies for the betterment of our communities. Allow me to suggest three other ways, in which strong partnerships, such as this one, can accelerate digital transformation. First, by stimulating entrepreneurship, through increased investment in the right skills and capacity. Second, by helping to address the financing gaps that prevent Africa’s businesses from scaling up. Lastly, by working to harmonize Africa’s data governance landscape, and thereby fast-tracking the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area. Some of these partnerships have already begun, and I thank all partners for their promising initiatives. The launch of this Centre is enabled by investments that we, as a country, have been making in science and technology. I hope the Centre will build on this, by making the Fourth Industrial Revolution an equalizing force, and contributing solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges. We are very happy to have the World Economic Forum as a partner in this crucial and other endeavours. Here, I wish to thank you for you being here, and also for your kind attention.

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