Rwanda must maintain its stance on governance


Residents of Gasabo District,Gikomero Sector welcome president Paul Kagame last year. (File)


RE: “Good governance key for Africa’s transformation - civil society” (The New Times, October 29).

It is interesting to see how Kigali is gradually getting a fair share of international conferences. The Pan-African Trade Union Conference, with over 300 participants from over 20 African countries, currently under way in the capital city, is one such example.

As Prof. Anastase Shyaka, Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Governance Board very rightly remarked: “If the continent was to achieve the targets outlined in the 2063 Agenda endorsed by African leaders, it is imperative to address concerns of governance.”

As I pen these lines, we also have the India-Africa Summit under way in New Delhi.

Heads of State and senior ministers from over 40 African countries, including Rwanda, together with their respective private sector partners, have been discussing ways and means of enhancing trade, tourism and investments between Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

African countries who not only invite Indian investors, but who also facilitate them in getting all the necessary approvals, permissions and licenses required to commence their business activities in the shortest possible time, are the ones who will emerge victorious in securing invaluable investment projects, be it in manufacturing, education, healthcare or information and communications technology.

It is good governance and zero tolerance to corruption that will take Rwanda and the rest of Africa to great heights in the years ahead.

Clarence Fernandes