Rwandan young professionals based in United States have once again been encouraged to use their highly decorated capacities to support their country’s development towards 2050 national goals.
The message was conveyed to more 350 young Rwandans who attended ‘The Rwandan Young Professionals Conference’ in Indianapolis University. It attracted various high profile figures including, among others, key note speaker Prime Minister Dr. Ngirente Eduard, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda in The United States of America, Her Excellency Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana, Honorable Olivier Nduhungirehe, Minister of State in charge of the East African Community and Dr. Charles Murigande, Depute Vice Chancellor for institutional Advancement at the University of Rwanda.
The conference, themed ‘The Role of Rwandan Young Professionals in Nation Building’ was organized by The United States Rwandan Community Abroad (USRCA) in association with Indianapolis Rwandan Diaspora Network (IRDN – Umubano). Its focus was mainly to mobilize the Rwandan Young Professionals Diaspora to actively support and be part of Rwanda’s development agenda for 2050.
Panel discussions centered mainly on important sectors like Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Investments, Education, Healthy, ICT and Engineering. The sectors’ importance in country’s development pushed the police-makers to discuss them with young professionals whom many of them are building capacities in respective sectors, making them a needed component in the country’s development agenda of 2050.
Dr. Donald Kaberuka, former Finance Minister and the President of the African Development Bank referred Chinese as a strong evidence of how citizens abroad can strengthen their country’s economy. He argued that although they are 53 million in Chinese diaspora, they managed to lift up their country to the highest point of it occupies now. He insisted Rwandans too, especially the youth who are accumulating skills, can play the same role.
Addressing the curious audience, Prime Minister Dr. Ngirente highlighted why the country counts so much on youth. He pointed that Rwandans have proven to be relied on in building the development of the country. “The hope of our nation is caved in our youth. Rwandans, young and old, continue to prove us people are the first economical substance than all others. That’s why the country provides youth with different opportunities as they are the base of our future” He noted.
Attendees were also presented with various business opportunities available in the country in different sectors and the reception of main guests was the conclusive part of the event. Conferences like this one are expected to taking place annually in order to fuel youth’s potential to support Rwanda reach it’s 2050 development agenda.
The Express News