Yes indeed, it was a pleasure

Yes indeed, it was a pleasure


As the second High Commissioner to be appointed to the Rwandan mission in Singapore, His Excellency Guillaume Kavaruganda has since led the High Commission in its mission to deepen bilateral ties and foster greater trade & investment linkages between Rwanda and the region. As his diplomatic duty in Singapore comes to an end, His Excellency has a few words to say.


Precisely four years ago, I arrived in Singapore to commence my new position as the Rwandan High Commissioner. I was previously in the Netherlands and had spent 5 years there. Besides Singapore, I was also the non-resident Rwandan High Commissioner to Australia, New Zealand and non-resident Ambassador to Indonesia.


In my 21-year long career in diplomacy, I was a civil servant, serving Rwanda in different countries and in different capacities in Washington D.C, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Singapore and twice in the headquarters of the Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I have always found it a pleasure to serve.


The posting in Singapore though is a special one, for it was not only rich in experience, but also gratifying, enjoyable and fulfilling in all aspects.


The team at the Rwandan High Commission in Singapore is small, but a very dedicated one, eager to find solutions rather than excuses. Together with them, the High Commission has achieved a lot and I am grateful to them.


Representing His Excellency Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, as his Ambassador and High Commissioner in this region has been a huge honour and privilege for me. Thank you Your Excellency, for this given opportunity.


Bruno Cavallo, a friend of mine and Professor of Law at the Italian Perugia University where I studied law in the early 1990s, used to say, “Ho fatto quello che ho potuto, chi puo fare di piu…” (“I did my best, who can do better …”).


Yes indeed, it has been a pleasure to serve, especially in Singapore.


~ H.E. Guillaume Kavaruganda, August 2019