VILLAGE URUGWIRO - President Paul Kagame yesterday hosted members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps accredited to Rwanda to the annual reception at Village Urugwiro.
In his address, the President told the diplomats that progress registered in Rwanda over the last few years is partly a result of the significant contribution from countries and organisations they represent.
He said that the 6.3 percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) realized in 2007 is an indication that the country is moving well on the path of development.
"This performance was driven by significant growth in a number of sectors such as mining, construction and services," the President said.
He said that Rwanda has continued to strengthen her institutions on the basis of home-grown context, solutions and ownership.
"In this respect, it is increasingly evident that power-sharing and consensus-building as the foundation for political dispensation in our country continue to bear dividends in building a united, prosperous and democratic nation," Kagame said.
The Dean of Diplomatic and Consular Corps accredited to Kigali, Anselmo Guido Pecorari, lauded the steps Rwanda has taken in the judiciary. He gave an example of Gacaca courts and the abolition of the death penalty last year.
"Due to the Gacaca courts that were introduced, thousands of Rwandans have been tried and reconciliation has taken a significant step forward in this regard," said Pecorari, who is also the Papal Nuncio (representative) to Rwanda.
He also specifically thanked the First Lady Jeannette Kagame for her tireless efforts to combat HIV/Aids.
"Rwanda has set an example in fighting the HIV/Aids," Pecorari said.
He added that Rwanda should be a role model to not only African countries but also to other continents for the interventions it has made in solving conflicts in Africa.
Also at the reception, which is held annually, were Senate President Dr Vincent Biruta, Speaker of Parliament Alfred Mukezamfura, Chief Justice Aloysia Cyanzayire, Cabinet ministers, and Rwandan ambassadors to different countries, among others.