President Kagame awarded the MEDays Grand Prix
Rwandaâ€™s president Paul Kagame has accepted the MEDays Grand Prix at the ongoing 8th edition of MEDays Forum in Tanger, Morroco.
The prize was rewarded to Kagame for giving back faith to Rwandans and putting the country on the road to liberty and democracy.
â€œThis award from the Amadeus Institute is especially meaningful to me personally as well as all of us in Rwanda,â€ said the President.
Brahim Fassi Fihri, chairman of Amadeus Institute which the author of the prize said, â€œRwanda’s bright future serves as an example to Africa & proves the past is not an obstacle.â€
For President Kagame, the prize is recognition of steady efforts of Rwandans altogether to overcome the challenges of history and to embrace unprecedented development.
For this reason, the president believes the prize is a reward for each and every Rwandan in this drive.
â€œBy recognising the universal values at the heart of our journey of liberation, you honored the Rwandan peopleâ€™s resilience,â€ he said adding that now the most important to know about Rwanda is not that the Genocide happened, but the path to recovery.
The breakthrough to Rwandaâ€™s progress was safety and security, coupled with inclusive and democratic governance which defied moral segregation the country had suffered for decades.
Altogether, these values brought the country to a steady GDP growth of 8% annually since a couple of years.
Since 2008, MEDays forum that takes place in Morocco brings together world leaders and economists to discuss politics, and economic matters that would reinforce relations in the North-South blocs.
The forum mainly brings together political and economic actors from Maghrebian and Mediterranean regions plus the rest of Africa and the Arab world.
Over 2500 participants attend the forum, including Heads of State and Government, politicians, businessmen, entrepreneurs, representatives of international organizations, experts and representatives of civil society.
For 2015, President Paul Kagame is among the key speakers. Other panelists include Ryad AL-MALIKI, Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister, Jean-Joseph BOILLOT, President of Niger Republic.
Richard Sezibera, the Secretary General of the East African Community will also be part of this forum and so will be Alexei VASILIEV, former envoy of Russian President Vladmir Poutine for Africa.