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Sunday, 4 January 2015

We must maintain our tempo, Kagame tells nation

Movement of goods, serPresident Paul Kagame has called on Rwandans to carry on with their individual and collective efforts for self-improvement as the nation ushered in the New Year.

The Head of State was speaking in his televised New Year’s message to the nation at the onset of 2015.

“We must maintain the tempo and continue to build a country we deserve. In that spirit, as we celebrate this New Year, let us appreciate the fact that we have more prospects today, than ever before,” he said in a three-minute speech.

The President attributed Rwanda’s achievements thus far to “the commitments we have made together, in building our economy, strengthening our governance, maintaining security and upholding self belief.”

“It is now up to us to make use of available opportunities to reach our goals, individually and collectively.”

During his State of the Nation Address last month, the President praised the people of Rwanda, notably farmers, for working hard in 2014, which saw the economy grow by 7.8 per cent in the third quarter, surpassing projections.

In his New Year’s message, Kagame tipped Rwandans on key points they should keep in mind as they seek further progress. “First, we shouldn't avoid change that is inevitable or any other challenge, just because they seem difficult.

“Second, each of you should strive to achieve the goals you have set for yourselves in all that you do in your daily lives. We have seen that persistence and practice yield results.

“Third, don't do it alone, find others who share the same goals and work together. As always in Rwanda, we move forward when we look after each other, and combine our strengths.”

He said the country had come a long way but warned there was still a long journey ahead. “So let's value and use our time well and help others do the same, protect the gains we have made, and continue to make Rwanda the best it can be.”

Happy New Year and I wish you and your families health and continued peace and security, he added.

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