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    It is the first time in the history of Rwanda that political change in the highest leadership of the country has taken place in peace and security.
    — Paul Kagame
    The history and national interest of Rwanda and the Rwandan people dictate our national orientation.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: people 
     
    Reconciliation has taken place here in Rwanda and was successful because Rwandans reconciled themselves internally. If the tribunal had taken place in Rwanda, it might have helped. People could have watched justice being done.
    — Paul Kagame
    A strong leader is not necessarily a bad leader.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: bad  strong  leader 
     
    I often wonder why the West is much more interested in aid deliveries than in fair trade, for example. The fair exchange of goods would place far more money into the hands of the affected people than relief operations.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: people  wonder  money  example 
     
    Israel and Rwanda both play an active part in international organizations, including the U.N., but I think it's true that our unique experiences as nations have shaped a fierce independence that we will not relinquish.
    — Paul Kagame
    The West has institutions that can punish the misconduct of individuals. What drove Rwanda and Africa into decline was the fact that certain people weren't held accountable. When we move to make corrupt mayors or officers answer to the courts, people always immediately say that we are repressive. But should we allow these people to continue to get away with it?
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: people  facts  africa  corrupt 
     
    The new Rwanda is about building an economy that delivers prosperity and opportunity for our citizens based on a robust private sector. Foreign adventures would be costly and counterproductive distractions from these challenging objectives.
    — Paul Kagame
    In Rwanda, we have a society that has experienced a very serious rupture and you can't expect all of a sudden that things will be perfect. Even so: You cannot find any more areas where any segment of the population would be afraid to go, like we used to have before. But there is always a lot more to do.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: society  afraid 
     
    I know that the fact that I am candidate to my own succession in 2017 can be perceived to be a bad thing by some part of the public opinion outside Rwanda and I don't mind because I know that I am doing it for a good cause. It really doesn't matter to me that my name is associated to those critics as long as I know that I am doing the will of the people.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: people  bad  facts  opinion  mind 
     
    National security is vital for economic and social progress.
    — Paul Kagame
    Strong economic growth, and especially a significant increase in private sector investment, is the only sustainable path forward for Rwanda.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: growth  strong  path  economics 
     
    My own experience from a decade ago taught me I cannot trust the UN. But it is a world body and we have to live with it and tolerate it. But I can't hide my feelings about its inefficiency and its not being productive.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: live  world  trust  experience  body 
     
    In Africa today, we recognise that trade and investment, and not aid, are pillars of development.
    — Paul Kagame
    Rwanda is a very open and free country. Key to our recovery as a nation has a range of grassroots, citizen-centered polices we call "homegrown solutions." The idea that Rwanda is highly controlled from the center belies the reality, which is that citizens in every village have a powerful say in how things get done. We prize accountability and Rwandans are quickly adapting themselves to the possibilities of a digital economy.
    — Paul Kagame
    It is the population which decides when it's time for a leader to leave, not foreign powers.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: time  power  leader 
     
    Aid leads to more aid and more aid and more aid and less independence of the people that are receiving aid.
    — Paul Kagame
    My purpose is to develop a country, to empower its population. It's from that same population that will emerge the man or woman who will succeed me. And they will be chosen based on the consensus that they have the capacity to lead the country.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: men  women 
     
    Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: weakness 
     
    I had to fight hard for everything. I wanted to get out. I want to take my destiny into my own hands and escape the vicious cycle of retaliatory violence. This struggle has shaped who I am to this day.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: violence  fight  struggle 
     
    Africa's story has been written by others; we need to own our problems and solutions and write our story.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: problem  africa  stories  write 
     
    We cannot turn the clock back nor can we undo the harm caused, but we have the power to determine the future and to ensure that what happened never happens again.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: power  future 
     
    Listen more to the one who criticizes you and less to the one who praises you. Learn from them and do something about it.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: praise  learn 
     
    It is better for a country to have a strong leader, this applies to the United States as well as to Rwanda.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: strong  leader 
     
    The situation in Congo shows nothing for which you could hold Rwanda responsible.
    — Paul Kagame
    Up to a certain extent the UN soldiers are useful. But they are consuming a lot of resources in relation to the little work they are doing.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: work 
     
    When people accuse us of taking coltan from Congo, I don't understand what they mean. The quality of our own coltan here from Rwanda is much better. But still people from the UN come here, we show them our coltan mines, we show them the documents, then they go and say: Rwanda smuggles coltan.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: people  quality 
     
    Reconciliation takes time. Sometimes many decades, as the example of Europe shows. It is hard work.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: time  work  example 
     
    Aid makes itself superfluous if it is working well. Good aid takes care to provide functioning structures and good training that enables the recipient country to later get by without foreign aid. Otherwise, it is bad aid.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: care  bad 
     
    I do not want to be cynical, but if developing nations are kept backward by being told, again and again, you belong to the poor and you are there, where you actually belong, then nothing will change.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: poor 
     
    Rwanda is rebuilding itself once again as one nation and that is the reason why we are making progress. Now many Rwandans are making their ends meet and others are able to do better than they have before.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: progress 
     
    Moving container from Kigali to Mombasa used to take 22 days, now it takes 6 days.
    — Paul Kagame
    There are some who are scared by unity and by building a country on the basis of ideas.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: ideas 
     
    Rwanda is not over needing aid, but we can survive with less aid than before.
    — Paul Kagame
    Infrastructure is key, but also how it's used, and that's political.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: key  political 
     
    Such problems are not solved in one day but there is a great step toward peace and security in the region.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: peace  problem 
     
    Human rights groups are locked in a fierce competition for big checks from wealthy donors and they need to generate big headlines.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: human  right  competition 
     
    Democracy holds little appeal for people who are struggling to survive.
    — Paul Kagame
    tags: people  democracy 
     
    There are things I admire, for example, about South Korea or Singapore. I admire their history, their development and how intensively they have invested in their people and in technology.
    — Paul Kagame
    Politics is not only about personal choice. That one also needs to take into consideration what the people want because in the end, they are the ones who decide.
    — Paul Kagame
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