President Paul Kagame has told the Jamaican community that Rwanda and their country have common traits and this should bear fruits.
The President is on three day state visit in the Caribbean island nation.
On second day of the visit yesterday, the president addressed the Joint Sitting of the Houses of Parliament of Jamaica.
This was after paying tribute to Marcus Garvey at National Heroes Park. More than a hundred years ago, the president said, Garvey envisioned ‘a united Africa for the Africans of the world’.
The president said, that Garvey set a precedence of unity for the world.
“The ideas championed by Garvey, and many others on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, reverberated in Africa as well. From the struggle for independence, to the subsequent challenges of nation- building, the pan-African ideal has served as a guide for how things should be, even if we do not always live up to it in practice,” he said opening a page on how unity of people is paramount.
Thereafter, the president elaborated on Rwanda-Jamaica common traits and he said: “We are not strangers to one another. In our diversity, we share common traits. Our peoples are resilient, creative, and — as our common history shows — also indestructible.”
He said that Rwanda and Jamaica belong to a number of important multilateral bodies, including the Commonwealth and the Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS).
This was an opportunity for the president to invite Jamaica to send a big representation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that is due in Kigali, June 2022.
The president said that, Jamaica is already contributing to Rwanda’s economy where the country already had several Jamaicans who come as representatives of leading international organizations.
“This has only made us want to see more people from Jamaica, and this region, in Rwanda,” the President said.
“As Rwanda, we are also keen to cooperate with Jamaica much more closely and share experiences in trade and investment, as well as national unity and citizen development.”
The president suggested: “Let’s exchange with each other directly, and thereby honour the history that joins us, and make it a potent force for practical cooperation in the modern world.”
At the multilateral level, President Kagame said that the Caribbean where Jamaica belongs and Africa can do more to boost cooperation where, instead of having their diplomats meet in a third place like New York or Geneva, they would be present in Caribbean and Africa respectively.
Efforts that may make it work would be channeled through the Africa- Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) platform which started in September last year.
“It is high time for Africa and the Caribbean to work together in a direct and sustained manner, both through our respective regional organizations — CARICOM and the African Union — and bilaterally,” Kagame said.
During this visit, Jamaica launched celebration of their 60th Independence which falls on August 6.
“Jamaica has many achievements of which it is rightly proud. On behalf of the Government and people of Rwanda, I wish to congratulate you here today. The launch of the Jamaica 60 celebrations last night was a fitting tribute to the enormous progress Jamaica has made,” the President said.
“Independence is a date in history, but it is also a mindset.”
Meanwhile, in the evening, Jamaican leaders hosted a State Dinner in honour of President Kagame.
The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General of Jamaica and Her Excellency, the Most Hon. Lady Allen are now hosting a State Dinner in honour of President Kagame. pic.twitter.com/RVGMzjgPsa
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