Kagame in France for G7 Summit

President Kagame speaking at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France yesterday. With him are presidents Emmanuel Macron of France (left), while in the middle is Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the president of Egypt and the current chairperson of the African Union. / Village Urugwiro

President Paul Kagame yesterday attended the first session of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.

Rwanda—alongside Australia, Burkina Faso, Chile, Egypt, India, Senegal, and South Africa—is taking part in the summit as part of the eight non-member states.

President Kagame participated in the G7 and Africa partnership meeting on Sunday afternoon.

The session discussed security in the Sahel region and also looked into the key achievements of the G7 and Africa partnership with a special focus on women entrepreneurship, digital transformation, and the fight against corruption.

G7, also known as the Group of Seven, is made up of seven countries – which are among the largest economies of the world.

The summit brings together leaders and policymakers from the most advanced economies including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States to build consensus look into challenging global issues.

The countries are estimated to represent about 62 percent of the global net wealth.

Founded in the 1970s, the group meets annually to discuss multiple global issues including the environment, security, and economy, among others.

As is the custom, the host country invites a select few non-G7 world leaders.

Rwanda was invited as the former chair of the African Union, Egypt as the current chair of the Union and South Africa as the incoming chair. The three countries form what is called the “Troika” of the African Union. 

Senegal was invited as the current leader of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and Burkina Faso as the chair of G5 Sahel.

Other subjects that will feature prominently at the summit include digital transformation and climate change.

editor@newtimesrwanda.com

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