URUGWIRO VILLAGE - President Paul Kagame yesterday held talks with a visiting delegation from the Harvard Business School (HBS) which was in the country to carry out consulting work with various organizations.
During their ten-day visit, the 41 member team partnered with several organizations, including the School of Finance and Banking (SFB).
Speaking to reporters shortly after meeting the President, the leader of the delegation, Prof. Louis Wells, said that Rwanda was chosen as the first country for such a visit in Africa because of the great strides it has registered since the I994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
“Several students had various questions they got from working with organizations here, and they wanted to learn more about the country and not only the individual projects they worked on,” said Wells.
“So, we really wanted students to have an experience out of what they usually have, as well as building strong friendships”.
The students presented reports on the work they were involved in.
Education Minister Charles Murigande said that the interaction of SFB students with their Harvard counterparts provided students with exposure to international academic standards as well as forming a basis for establishing long-term cooperation between the two institutions.
The students carried out research work with projects like the Mayange Millennium Village Promise, Eastern Province and Project Rwanda.
Meanwhile, President Paul Kagame had earlier met and held talks with senior officials of General Electric Company (GE), a multinational American technology and services conglomerate.
Dr James Cash, a board member with the company, said that their visit to Rwanda was about understanding how some of the projects they support have affected Rwandans.
“We have had a relationship with Nyamata hospital, and as we look at the results of our efforts at the hospital, we are encouraged. We will increase our commitment significantly.
“We believe that Rwanda will be a wonderful place to demonstrate our world class technology while investing in people’s skills and knowledge that exists,” Cash said in an interview.
Infrastructure Minister Vincent Karega, said that the government hopes to hold talks with GE on how they can become partners in the methane gas, railway and airport projects.