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11th National Dialogue Council will discuss the Rwandan Spirit as foundation for sustainable development

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On 6 and 7 December 2013, President Paul Kagame will chair the 11th Annual National Dialogue Council commonly known as Umushyikirano attended by over 1000 of participants from public and private institutions as well as civil society and Rwandans who live abroad.

This year’s discussions will focus on the status of the national development-to date and the journey to self-reliance, increased productivity and private sector growth, and “Ndi Umunyarwanda” program.

Speaking on the outcomes of Umushyikirano, Minister of Local Government James Musoni said that “the opinions and recommendations of Rwandans on the suggested topics will significantly improve the understanding of specific obstacles and allow for implementation of more focused orientation and actions”.

Last year’s National Dialogue Council, which centred on aiming for self-reliance, had 23 recommendations.

As part of efforts to achieve self reliance, the 2011 Umushyikirano resolved to set up the Agaciro Development Fund. To date, this has received contributions from Rwandan citizens at all levels, including civil servants, the business community, and Friends of Rwanda in excess of Rwf 20 million.

The 11th Umushyikirano will be an opportunity to thank Rwandans for their contributions and outline plans to sustain this home-grown initiative.

The meeting will also discuss priority programs needed to develop the appropriate skills, attitudes and competencies that will allow Rwandans – especially the youth – to become more productive and competitive.

As the country prepares to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi, it is an opportune time to discuss the state of unity and reconciliation following nearly two decades of ongoing national and community initiatives to unite and reconcile Rwandans.

The 11th Umushyikirano will provide a platform for the public to express their views in the context of the “Ndi Umunyarwanda” program, a frank dialogue that will provide constructive ideas to enhance the nation’s healing process and continue to shape Rwandan society and identity.

The National Dialogue Council is provided for in Article 168 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 4th June 2003 as amended to date. It takes place every year and is chaired by His Excellency the President of the Republic.

It brings together the President of the Republic and representatives of Rwandan society and their friends as may be determined by the President of the Republic to debate issues relating to the state of the nation, the state of local government and national unity.

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