President Paul Kagame
H.E Paul Kagame
President of the Republic of Rwanda
President Paul Kagame served as the President of the Republic of Rwanda since 2000 during the post-genocide transition Government of National Unity. He was the first democratically-elected President of Rwanda.
Born on 23rd October 1957, President Kagame served as the main leader of the RPF forces that were responsible for ending the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and the subsequent reconstruction of Rwanda. Under his leadership, Rwanda was able to emerge from the destruction caused by the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 as a united country following years of reconciliation government programmes.
In his 17 years in office, President Kagame has transformed Rwanda into one of the safest, most well-developed and economically prosperous nations in Africa. Under his leadership, the Vision 2020 project was created from the necessity for Rwandans to define Rwanda’s future and its development into a middle-income nation. The aims of Vision 2020 can be broadly encapsulated by the achievement of macroeconomic stability and wealth creation to reduce aid dependency, structural economic transformation towards a knowledge-based economy, the creation of a productive middle class and the fostering of entrepreneurship.
A champion of his country and visionary of collective progress, President Kagame was re-elected by the Rwandan people with a landslide majority of over 98% in the Presidential election of 3rd to 4th August 2017..
“The sacrifice, dedication and patriotism of Rwandans, is what has brought us to where we are today. The road ahead is long and will demand a lot more from us – not less, but I am confident we are up to the task”.