The Commonwealth must be common to all nations, not just a few – President Kagame – KT PRESS

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President Kagame speaks at the opening of the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF 2022) on Tuesday.

President Paul Kagame has said that as the Commonwealth seeks to drive inclusive growth and a common future, no nation in the body of 54 member states should be left behind, especially smaller developing countries.

The Head of State made the call yesterday during a fireside chat at the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF 2022), which opened in Kigali on Tuesday, bringing together global business leaders and business champions. ‘industry.

Asked how a common future for the Commonwealth can include everyone, President Kagame said the Commonwealth already has many commonalities that bring people together, including language, different platforms and financial systems, that can allow people to make investments, to trade with each other. others all together.

With that, he said that there is already a starting point which is more or less good enough but needs to be improved.

“We need to continue to ensure that when we talk about the Commonwealth, we really mean the Commonwealth. Not only is this common to a few of the 54 countries,”

“That’s why I said it continues to be a work in progress. We need to continue to engage with each other, to find out what we can do to bring that balance to the extent that everyone in the Commonwealth, the family of nations, feels part of it, no one is left behind,” President Kagame said.

He stressed that if this were done, even small developing countries would feel that they were not left behind, calling for the need to uplift everyone and move towards what fulfills the obligation to the commonwealth to which countries aspire in the family of nations.

“Whether it’s trade and business, investment or other issues that we’ve talked about, health. You know we’ve had this pandemic, we’ve had a shortage of vaccines and other challenges,

“The pace at which things move must be accelerated, so that we value more the Commonwealth and the feelings of the people of the Commonwealth,” President Kagame said.

During the session, which was attended by Makhtar Diop, Managing Director, International Finance Corporation, Dr. Andrew Forrest, Non-Executive Chairman, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) and Chairman and Co-Founder, Minderoo Foundation, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, Africa Bank of Development and Amali Chivanthi of Alwis MBE, CEO, Subak, leaders called for harnessing the benefits of the commonwealth.

“We can’t take it for granted that this is how it is, but we can work on it and make sure it’s the way we want it to be. First to make it clear to all of us that this is understanding, but what needs to be taken for granted is that there is a future for us,”

“So I think it will always be a work in progress, people will continue to harmonize their different views on what we think, what we need to do, look to the future and what we want to see in this future,” the president said. Kagame said.

“So I think there is already an understanding that we have to work for a common future. We have to work on that and make sure we get that point,” President Kagame said, adding that he is optimistic that everything the world wants this common future.

For his part, Chivanthi said the biggest common thread for everyone is that people need to have a planet to live on in the next 100 years, where everyone can benefit from health services and education. improved.

“We can prosper in our countries, we can care for our natural resources and manage them effectively, while driving growth and prosperity in our countries as well,”

“It’s not an easy challenge, but you know, I’m excited about it,” Chivanthi said when asked what a shared future looks like for her, adding that she’s optimistic about what the future held for the Commonwealth.

Turn uncertainty into certainty

IFC’s Diop said that as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and other global factors, the world is currently filled with uncertainty, but that uncertainty can be turned into certainty.

“To achieve this, we need to totally transform what is happening on the continent. All of this uncertainty stems from the crises that have caused the food and health supply chain to slow down,”

“What we have seen here in Rwanda, in response to the Covid-19 crisis, is a good example of what I am telling you in terms of structural transformation which required three things; ambition, vision and capacity for implementation,” Diop said, commending Rwanda’s efforts to seize this opportunity.

Diop said that when the vaccine crisis emerged during the Covid-19 crisis and the conversation about vaccine equity began, Rwanda did what it took to position itself as one of the primary beneficiaries of global efforts.

He pointed out that Rwanda’s proactive approach is a good example of how the country has seized the opportunity, thereby turning uncertainty into certainty and illustrates what other countries need to do to take advantage of the available opportunities.

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President Kagame and Bahamian Prime Minister Philip Davis arrive for the business forum.
President Kagame speaks with IFC’s Makhtar Diop.
AfDB President Dr. Adesina Akwinwumi speaks during the fireside chat.
Commonwealth SG Patricia Scotland delivers a keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum.
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