Every Rwandan counts
IN today’s globalised world, Rwandans are everywhere in the world. Unlike in the past, most of these mobile Rwandans are young, brilliant and successful wherever they choose to settle. But what is heartening is that, wherever we are in the world, we remain connected and interested in developments back home.
Rwanda is a small country, with a sad past. But, in just 18 years, we have moved from a war-torn country to being the envy of many countries. All this has been due to the hard work and never-say-die spirit of Rwandans from all walks of life. Our people are the most important resource. This means that Rwandans, the world over, not just those at home, have a role to play in guaranteeing Rwanda’s march to modernity.
Rwanda is a small country, with a sad past. But, in just 18 years, we have moved from a war-torn country to being the envy of many countries
As Rwanda continues to confront her development challenges, she also needs to better utilize the massive talent of Rwandans living overseas. For example, individually or collectively, we could easily slash the exorbitant consulting wages that Rwanda pays to external consultants.
There is so much talent out there, which would be to the nations benefit, if well targeted. This strategy is needed to maintain the vitality of Rwanda, strengthen our society, and enable overseas Rwandans to achieve their life aspirations of serving their motherland. The point is you should be able to serve Rwanda without being in the country or working for a Government of Rwanda outfit – embassy, consulate etc.
Overseas Rwandans are a vital part of the nation’s renaissance. They bring with them a diversity of ideas, a diversity of talents, and a diversity of experiences. These will all add up to a more colourful and robust society, one teeming with bright ideas, creativity and innovation. Rwanda’s continued development will depend on how well we are able to harness and harvest the rich potential inherent in this diversity.
There is much that we can do for Rwanda even while we are away. We are Rwanda’s ambassadors, contributing to the country’s international image. When we return, whether immediately upon graduation (in the case of students) or after working overseas for some time, we bring fresh perspectives and insights, contributing to our economic, social and political development. We have the power to effect change, to determine how our future landscape would look. This is both a privilege as well as a responsibility.
Every one of us can and should partake in the nation’s growth process. It is important for us to stay in touch, to stay connected physically, emotionally and virtually – this would make for a seamless transition back to Rwanda and the region eventually.
There are more than 500,000 Rwandans in the Diaspora, flying the flag for us, doing the country proud. It would be good that they know back home they are not forgotten. Wherever Rwandans are, even in the far corners of the world, they never stop to keep in touch with news from home and with friends and family.
If we stay united and connected as one, we can build a bright future for our children, and our children’s children. Our parents have done their share for us. None of what we have achieved would have been possible without the collective efforts of our people. As we move forward in this new age, we will face a whole set of different challenges. We need every Rwandan to help bring our country to new heights. Every Rwandan counts.
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