Kagame Eyes Prosperous 2014

sick geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“I hope those who are responsible are listening. I want electricity. Quickly, no rx quickly, more about ” said the President at the Parliament Building in his State of Nation address.

Kigali city has in recent months bore the brunt of recurring power cuts which have led to a rise in production costs for business people.

In his speech, Kagame pointed at the growing levels of access to healthcare, low mortality rates and increased tourism revenues as symbols of a growing economy which is steadily improving the welfare of all Rwandans.

The President said women giving birth in hospitals increased by 86 percent, while child mortality had decreased with a 95 percent of children immunized for 12 diseases.

In 2013, said Kagame, students attending vocational schools increased by 15 percent at secondary school level and 47 percent at tertiary level while the number of students going to school increased by 7 percent in primary schools, 6 percent in secondary schools and 10 percent in universities.


He also praised the Girinka programme which he said had contributed to the lifting of thousands of Rwandans from poverty. At least 184,000 cows were given out this year in Rwanda.

He pointed out that the quality of Rwanda’s agricultural products especially coffee and tea continues to be ranked among the first globally and that agriculture is anticipated to grow by over 5 percent in 2014.

“We launched the East African Commodities Exchange to benefit farmers by providing a permanent market for their products,” said Kagame.

On tourism revenues, Kagame pointed out a 4 percent increase with over 714,000 visitors who injected $217 million into the economy.

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has in recent years stepped up marketing campaigns of tourist attraction activities such as gorilla tracking.

“Rwanda’s ranking in World Bank Doing Business report went from 158th in 2009 to 32nd worldwide this year and 4th in Africa,” he said, adding, Rwanda secured 30 million dollars in the mining sector.

“Rwanda economic growth stands at 6.6 percent. Beyond these figures, the well being of Rwandans continues to improve,” he emphasised.

He appealed to his countrymen to remain united to achieve more and overcome the country’s challenges.

With the country preparing for activities to remember over one million people who died in the 1994 genocide, Kagame said now is the “time to reflect on our liberation.”

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