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President Kagame: Africa can finance its own development

The keynote speech at the fifth African Leadership Forum (2018), was given by the President of the Republic of Rwanda. The Forum, under the theme “Financing Africa’s Transformation for Sustainable Development” sought to provide a platform to deliberate on the prospect of increased, improved and effective financing for Africa’s transformation.

H.E. Kagame’s speech considered the “misallocation” of Africa’s resources and a dependency on external finance. He summarised: “We are even begging for things we already have, that is absolutely a failure of mindset.” He then went on to consider alternative approaches by considering the question: “How do we reach a turning point?”