16 April 2022
President Kagame paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Sandra Mason, President of Barbados.
“Celebrating what we share, as Africans and the African diaspora, helps us to confront the harsh realities of this world we live in. Even now, we are constantly reminded that we have to work together and support one another.
I have a simple message to share today: We are not strangers to one another. In our diversity, we share common traits. Our peoples are resilient, creative, and — as our common history shows — also indestructible.
It is high time for Africa and the Caribbean to work together in a direct and sustained manner, both through our respective regional organizations and bilaterally said President Kagame.
“In 1994 we started from scratch. Those of us who inherited this mess, we tried to put together a team of leaders in different sectors to try and resuscitate the public sector and from there, everything else that would follow. It was a complex situation where the whole society had to do soul searching.
What is it that we can do? How do we do it? With whom do we do it? And how do we move from this really low point and start bringing normalcy in life of communities. Whatever little resources were at our disposal, we had to make sure for every dollar you did what it was worth. And for everyone doing something, they had to feel a sense of accountability, you have to do what you’re doing but in the end, you have to show results.” President Kagame.