Kagame Opens 11th National Dialogue

for sale geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 26px;”>8:30am (EAT): The Rwanda National Dialogue, pills also known as “Umushyikirano,” during which at least 1,000 participants are set to have an insight into the country’s approach to social and economic development in the two decades since the 1994 genocide, has opened Friday at Parliament.

This year’s two-day dialogue, which will be held under the theme “The Rwandan spirit: foundation for sustainable development.”

Umushyikirano is an annual event chaired by the President of Rwanda that gives Rwandans from all walks of life the opportunity to ask questions directly to their leaders.

President Paul Kagame is expected to arrive a few minutes from now. Hundreds of guests have already taken their seats, waiting for the President to declare the function officially open.

As usual Chimpreports is providing a live coverage of the dialogue during which three main presentations, followed by interactive sessions, will see participants including President Kagame, government officials, civil society, local government, business, diplomats, media, NGOs and citizens discuss Rwanda’s progress and road to economic self-reliance (Kwigira).

Another presentation will dissect the increased productivity and private sector growth and role of the youth.

More than 60 percent of Rwanda’s population is under 35.

The Minister of Labor Anastase Murekezi, says this implies young people are a critical, untapped resource and that this year’s Umushyikirano will discuss the role of youth in increasing productivity.

She adds that Umushyikirano will discuss priority programs needed to develop the appropriate skills, attitudes and competencies that will allow Rwandans – especially the youth – to become more productive and competitive.


“The government will continue to support programs that help youth acquire practical skills through a massive apprenticeship, internship approach and toolkits or equipment. We also call the youth to embrace ICT and to embrace the culture of self-reliance,” says Murekezi, adding that “we expect participants to give more insights on how to expand and accelerate this”.

To reach Rwanda’s target of creating 200,000 jobs a year until 2018, labor productivity must double and overall current productivity must grow four times.

Discussions on this topic will focus on closing the technical skills gap, widening access to technology, savings mobilisation to support private sector investment as well as expanding financial inclusion.

Also key to increasing productivity is modernising the agriculture sector.

Other topics to be discussed during this year’s Umushyikirano include the status of the national development-to date and “Ndi Umunyarwanda” (I am Rwandan) program.

The National Dialogue Council is provided for in Article 168 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 4th June 2003 as amended to date.

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