ADDIS ABABA - On the second day of the ongoing AU summit in Addis Ababa, President Paul Kagame, along with other Heads of State, participated in a discussion on ICT on the continent, co-organized by the African Development Bank and the World Bank.
The working breakfast chaired by AfDB President Donald Kaberuka and WB President Robert Zoellick, focused on ways ICT can have an impact on the continent beyond infrastructure and how the two institutions can increase their support in improving interconnection between African countries.
It was also revealed that the East African Centre for Excellence for ICT is to be set up in Rwanda, and that the project is already well under way.
President Kagame later in the day participated in a luncheon organized by the Alliance of African Leaders against Malaria (ALMA) where the Heads of State discussed the current situation of Malaria on the continent.
Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo who was at the lunch said: “This event drew many Heads of State whose countries have been active in implementing preventive mechanisms for malaria. Rwanda of course is one of the countries that have registered significant success with relatively easy mechanisms, including the use of insecticide impregnated nets and some level of control of social and municipal structures. This meeting was a way to ensure that the momentum in this anti-malaria program continues.”
In addition to the events held today, President Kagame also met with US Assistant Secretary of State, Johnnie Carson, where among other issues they discussed the much-improved relations between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and ongoing efforts to develop economic cooperation such as joint extraction of methane gas in Lake Kivu.
On the situation in Darfur, President Kagame pointed out the need to reinforce UNAMID to improve the effectiveness of the peacekeeping mission in which more than 3000 Rwandan troops deployed.
Also discussed was climate change and the concerns as well as potential contribution of African countries in fighting the threat of global warming