Harnessing the Diaspora’s potential is vital

Rwanda’s richest resources are its people, and credit goes to them for their unwavering patriotism, wherever they may be, in raising their country from the ashes of 1994.The lessons learned from the Genocide against the Tutsi have been put to good use; instead of the macabre events further alienating the society, a stronger will emerged, that of standing firm in service of the nation.The success story would not have been without the input of all its citizens – be they within the county or not – every opinion counts and the Diaspora is not left out.

Rwanda’s richest resources are its people, and credit goes to them for their unwavering patriotism, wherever they may be, in raising their country from the ashes of 1994.

The lessons learned from the Genocide against the Tutsi have been put to good use; instead of the macabre events further alienating the society, a stronger will emerged, that of standing firm in service of the nation.

The success story would not have been without the input of all its citizens – be they within the county or not – every opinion counts and the Diaspora is not left out.

This weekend again sees another episode of the annual Rwanda Day with this time Toronto, Canada, having the honour of hosting the event. Chicago, Paris, Boston and London staged the previous events.

Rwanda Day is home away from home. Taking Rwanda to the Diaspora not only rekindles patriotism, it is also a stage for people to have their say in the developmental direction of their country.

This year’s theme; Agaciro: Investing in our future, intends to reel in the Diaspora’s potential as a cog wheel in the country’s development as it embarks on the second phase of the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2), and its input is essential.

Simply because someone lives outside Rwanda does not mean that the umbilical cord to his or her country is cut, and as previous events have shown, Rwanda Day has not only solidified the Diaspora’s attachment to its country, it has also opened new avenues for local firms to showcase their products to their brethren across the seas.

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