On October 3, 2015, thousands of Rwandans and friends of Rwanda from across Europe will gather in the Netherlands for the 11th edition of Rwanda Day.
For six years now, Rwanda day has become a time for Rwandans living in diaspora to reconnect with their homeland’s history, learn about the Rwanda of today and be part in developing their country’s future.
Many Rwandans living in Rwanda, and some slated to attend the event have said that the annual event is a very key event for the country’s development and an opportunity great networking possibility.
Following the previous events held in cities of Boston, Chicago, Paris, Brussels, London, Toronto and Atlanta, and now Netherlands, while remaining just two days to make that event happen, Rwandans living at home have given different opinions about Rwanda Day Canada 2013 and what they expect from the event.
“RwandaDay is the best day to show the world the real image of Rwanda” says Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi, a member of Parliament who is among the Rwandans planning to attend the event.
Clarisse Umuhoza, a second year student at integrated Polytechnic Regional Center East IPRC-South says that Rwanda day should pool more investment opportunities for skilled labor so as to cut down on the numbers of unemployed youths in the country.
“We would love to see more investors coming here so as to provide youths with job opportunities. Rwandans living abroad can be vital in connecting more investors in the service sector” Umuhoza said.
Adolphe Hitler Mpuzamigambi, a tax moto driver in Kigali says “Most of us are not very informed about the event, but we think that bring it to Rwanda as in the case of Umushikirano, would increase the participation of many common Rwandans” Mpuzamigambi said.
Akaliza Keza Gara, a young entrepreneur also supports the idea of moving the day to Asia after the previous events which have been in Europe and America. “We have a great community there. I’m sure Japan could pull thousands!” she said.
The Guest of Honor, President Paul Kagame, will deliver a keynote address followed by an interactive discussion.
Through an audio-visual exhibition showcasing Rwanda’s journey, participants will also have the opportunity to gain an in depth understanding of the steps that continue to shape their country.