Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has urged African countries to should stop depending on foreign aid.
The president made the remarks this week during his two day state visit in Cote d’Ivoire.
While speaking to business leaders on issues related to free trade, industrialisation and Rwanda’s experience in creating a favourable business environment, Kagame questioned why African citizens continue depending on the goodwill of foreigners when they have capabilities to be self-reliant.
“Why should Africans survive on the kindness and generosity of foreigners? People in this room have different backgrounds, have learned and taught in universities abroad. Africans have the capacities and possibilities to change our continent,” said the current African Union Chairman.
According to newtimes.co.rw, Kagame told the business leaders that independence and equal terms in partnership with the West was part of the agenda of the High-Level Africa-Europe Forum in Vienna, Austria that was held earlier this week.
“It was a continuation of the good discussion held at the Abidjan AU-EU Summit. It’s important for Africa and Europe to relate to each other in a partnership of equals, not where one is a permanent recipient of the other’s generosity,” he noted.
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