A group of Rwandans in the North American Rwanda Convention, which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, have organized an annual meeting called ‘US-Rwanda Convention’.

The aim of the US-Rwanda Convention annual gatherings is to connect Rwandans and friends of Rwanda to discuss Rwanda’s development and learn different ways everyone can contribute.
Particularly, this year’s convention took place on July 5th, 2019. Discussions emphasized on how sustainable development and Rwanda’s good reputation are based on three key factors: Justice, Unity and Reconciliation, Good Leadership and Broad thinking in the journey of development.
The US-Rwanda Convention’s session was attended by some of the Rwandan officials as Minister of Justice Johnston Busingye and the Minister of Local Government, Prof. Anastase Shyaka.
There were also officials who represented the main institutions of the country such as the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), which was represented by Louise Kanyonga.
Other dignitaries, including Rwandan ambassador to the US Mathilde Mukantabana, Marie Rose Mureshyankwano, Aimable Bayingana, different officials in the Rwandan Embassy, and Rwandans from all over the world, Rwanda, Canada, and many other US states.
Participants were excited about the good discussions presented by the officials representing the Government of Rwanda.
Minister Johnston Busingye reminded the attendees of the impressive progresses that Rwanda has made in justice and the journey of unity and reconciliation after the history of the conflicts that led the country to the genocide against the Tutsis.
Minister Prof. Anastase Shyaka discussed good governance that the country has embraced.
He explained how the country’s development is based on a positive approach to good governance which gives its citizens the power to become self-reliant.
Louise Kanyonga representing RDB in this gathering, addressed the participants of the broad thinking and key strategies that Rwanda has taken to improve the well-being of Rwandans, where those in the poverty line fell from 70% to 30% a few years after Rwanda’s liberation.
There have also been consultations between some of the Rwandan officials and Rwandans living in the United States, self-employed individuals from Rwanda and the United States and the friends of Rwanda from the United States.
The discussions focused on different subjects, but the core message was to study how Rwandans and friends of Rwanda can play a key role in promoting activities that speed up Rwanda’s development.
The discussions also reverted to the government’s measures to improve the livelihood of Rwandans and improve the image of the country among Rwandans as well as foreigners.
Some of these measures include; promoting gender balance, fighting and eradicating corruption, supporting the youth, and investing in the basic capacity of Rwandans (both within and outside) from which they can start and uplift themselves and their country as well.
US-Rwanda was concluded with a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Rwanda’s liberation organised by the Rwandan Embassy in USA.
The celebration was attended by a multitude of Rwandans, mostly youth living in Texas and others from many US states.
The 25th anniversary of liberation was celebrated in a friendly and happy atmosphere. Officials in attendance reminded Rwandans that they are all free.
The two-day ceremonies were graced by the Rwandan traditional dance to remind Rwandans of their culture and country.

The Express News


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