Tony Blair and President Kagame Agree Next Steps in Work for Rwanda

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Tony Blair and President Kagame Agree Next Steps in Work for Rwanda

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Posted on: 6th May 2008

President Kagame and Tony Blair have worked together since the former British Prime Minister left office, to consider what support can be given to help Rwanda grow its economy and deliver prosperity for all of its people. Their meeting today follows on from Tony Blair's visit to Rwanda in February.

The next step in their work together will be the arrival of a small, hand picked team of staff from the Office of Tony Blair to work with the Rwandan Government on attracting private sector investment, and building capacity in Government.

Tony Blair said "I have great admiration for the President Kagame's leadership, and for what he has done to help Rwanda stabilise and rebuild itself.

"It is clear that Rwanda is now starting its next stage of development: any support I can offer in helping Rwanda on this journey will be a privilege.

"We have agreed to send a small team of staff from my office to work with the Government in Kigali later this year - to help them to achieve their vision of a stable prosperous and stable country".

Rwanda's President, Paul Kagame, gave his strong support to the work Blair was doing. He said: "We are ready to capitalise on all the hard work of all Rwandans and propel Rwanda towards being a prosperous society for all.

"For this, we need to have good governance and the right institutions in place to ensure progress is made. It is clear that with Tony's experience, he can help us achieve these results."

He emphasised that his government was "delighted that Tony will be sending a team of experts to build the capacity of several key institutions and help attract private investment into our country.

"We look forward to working with Tony's team when they join us in Rwanda later this year."

 

The work described here was carried out by the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, it is now being continued by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

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