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Paul Kagame: Latest News
Kurt Davis Jr., 7:13 am AFKI Original
The re-election of Paul Kagame to a third term as president of Rwanda on August 4 sparked excitement in some corners of the world and raised concerns in others. While some celebrate Kagame’s amazing success in transforming the small East African nation, others argue that he has already ruled for 17 years, and his continued stay as the country’s first citizen undermines democracy. Both sides have legitimate points.
Tom Jackson, 10:06 am AFKI Original
Vancouver tech innovator Barrett Nash was drawn to Rwanda for its repuation as an easy place to start a tech business. Rwanda issues entrepreneur visas to foreigners. It’s a lab-like environment where innovations can be cooked up and then brought to other African markets, Nash said. “Many startups try to conquer a market before they’ve mastered a product. A startup needs to grow into markets like Lagos and Nairobi, but getting the product right first is more important. Rwanda has created a continent-leading platform for taking this first pivotal step.”
Dana Sanchez, 11:22 am
The Silicon Valley based Zipline team tested its drone delivery system for months in Rwanda to make sure it worked prior to launch, usually with an audience of locals. “Every day, we have hundreds of Rwandans lining up along the fence of the distribution center to watch operations,” said Zipline’s CEO. “The whole crowd cheers for every single takeoff and landing throughout the day. Some people show up at 6 a.m. to get good seats.” Some aid workers say drones have a bad reputation in Africa. People think they’re weapons.
Dana Sanchez, 11:45 pm
From drought and tanking currencies to political turmoil and commodities no one wants — negativity about Africa in 2016 blankets the entire continent with forecasts of gloom. Rwandan President Paul Kagame did a little cheerleading to dispel the negitivity. Rwanda is expanding trade with other African countries. Neighboring Uganda bypassed India to become Rwanda’s No. 2 trading partner. Kenya is No. 3.
Dana Sanchez, 3:07 pm
Rwandan President Paul Kagame is a tech addict, a tweep and Africa’s most conversational president. “By placing ICT at the core of our transformation agenda we can make sure that Africa is never again left behind,” Kagame told delegates at the 3-day Transform Africa Summit in Kigali. The digital president played host at the event.
Staff, 12:05 am
Facebook plans to launch Internet.org in Kinyarwanda, the main language spoken in Rwanda, at this year’s Transform Africa Summit Oct. 19 to Oct. 21. How to develop Africa’s digital talent and foster cross-border entrepreneurship will be some of the topics discussed at the summit. Rwandan President Paul Kagame will co-host the event. About 2500 delegates from 46 countries are expected to attend.
Andrew Friedman, 4:47 am AFKI Original
Greater continental cooperation on open, visa-free movement throughout Africa dominated the discussions in Abuja at the recent World Economic Forum. African and world leaders there included Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan and China’s Li Keqiang.
Jeffrey Cavanaugh, 3:01 am AFKI Original
Burundi is finally recovering from years of ethnic strife and regional war. The land-locked country has abundant resources, especially uranium, tin, cobalt, copper, and platinum. One of the five poorest countries in the world, Burundi is the hungriest country on the planet, according to the Global Hunger Index. Civil war, corruption, and years of authoritarian rule have destroyed what little infrastructure existed. It the least globalized country not just in Africa, but the world. But opportunities exist. There may be nowhere to go but up.
Andrew Friedman, 4:45 am AFKI Original
While Rwanda’s economic success has amazed onlookers and left policymakers across the developing world attempting to replicate it, Kagame’s governance style has become increasingly dictatorial and intolerant of dissent. The contrast between Kagame’s success in cultivating friendships with policymakers and business leaders in the West and his tyrannical leadership style has led the world to look twice.
Andrew Friedman, 2:00 am AFKI Original
Under the leadership of Paul Kagame, himself a former soldier and the Front’s leader, the Rwandan economy has made vast strides out of the ashes of the genocide but ethnic tensions remain and allegations of totalitarian government abound. Since 2000, when Kagame came to power and the government instituted its Vision 2020 economic plan, the country has played the long game, ensuring that the current generation will be prepared for such a transition. Kagame has also been successful in cultivating business and personal relationships with prominent Westerners. These relationships have led to a number of unique foreign direct investment opportunities in the country.
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