This year’s National Dialogue to focus on Ndi umunyarwanda” initiative

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Minister share a light moment during the last concluded ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ cabinet retreat

Minister share a light moment during the last concluded ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ cabinet retreat

The 11th National Dialogue (locally known as-‘Umushyikirano’ that is set to take place from December 6 – 7, 2013 will focus on “Ndi umunyarwanda” an initiative which aims at promoting unity among Rwandans.

The event is expected to attract all government and private sector leaders from different administrative levels, youths and opinion leaders from with the country and the diaspora.

The subject of ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ has been a major focus in the country and various communities especially the youth have been able to hold open discussions on how to promote this ideal.

Cabinet members and members of the Rwandan Parliament have also held retreats on this subject and resolved to promote the initiative as the country looks forward to national development and self-reliance

President Paul Kagame while opening a two-day retreat on Ndi Umunyarwanda campaign themed “Critically examining our dark history towards shaping a bright future: Leadership responsibility in driving Ndi Umunyarwanda” he told Cabinet members that the aim of the Ndi Umunyarwanda initiative is to discuss problems as Rwandans and find sustainable solutions.

“We are who we are as a nation and we can’t change that. What we can change is choices we make about our lives. We can’t just solve easy problems and ignore their root causes,” he said.

The Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi says that the “Ndi Umunyarwanda” Programme is essential to nation building because it promotes unity of Rwandans and builds on initiatives of the current government.

During the 10th National Dialogue discussions focused on achieving self-reliance; enhancing participation in the implementation of EDPRS; developing strategies to increase savings and secure sustainable financing for the future and improve strategies to close the skills gap and improve youth employment.

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