Handover ceremony of the AMEP Medical Modeling and Simulation Project

Ambassador Barks-Ruggles, Erica’ speech on the Handover ceremony of the Africa Military Education Program (AMEP) Medical Modeling and Simulation Project. Tuesday, February 7th, 2016 Rwanda Military Hospital, Kanombe ———————————————- Good morning!  All protocols observed.  Thank you for making this Medical Modeling and Simulation (MMS) center a huge success.  This project represents our strong partnership in supporting peacekeeping.  As such it is an

On World AIDS Day:  Leadership, Commitment, Impact

Today, December 1, in celebration of World AIDS Day, I can say with confidence and pride that by working together we have the ability to end AIDS in Rwanda.  This last mile, however, is going to take even greater leadership, unwavering commitment, and our collective focus to ensure every dollar invested in the fight against HIV/AIDS has the greatest impact

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

Remarks by SecretaryJohn  Kerry at the Plenary of the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda October 14, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon everybody. I want to begin by thanking the president of this Meeting of the Parties, Minister Biruta, and the Government of Rwanda for the terrific job that they have done in

Agriculture Land Information System Launch

Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles speech at the Agriculture Land Information System Launch October 11, 2016, 1:30-3:10 PM Hotel des Milles Collines, Kigali, Rwanda Honorable Minister of State in Charge of Agriculture, Fulgence Nsengiyumva, CEO of Rwanda Agriculture Board, Bill Kayonga, CEO of Private Sector Federation, Mr. Stephen Ruzibiza, Acting Head of Investment Promotion for the Rwanda Development Board, Mr. Innocent

Ambassador’s Remarks for the Special Self Help Fund Grant Signing

Good afternoon. Thank you for joining me here today for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony.  I want to thank Mr. Apollo Munanura, Director General for the Rwanda Cooperative Agency for being here today.  I am excited to join with you as we welcome nine (9) new cooperatives to the list of 171 Self-Help grant recipients since 1999. 

Accident Involving U.S. Embassy Vehicle

The U.S. embassy community extends its deepest condolences to the families of the two children who died in a tragic accident involving an official embassy vehicle on 14 August, 2016.  We know the loss of any family member is hard, but it is especially difficult to lose a child.  Ambassador Barks-Ruggles personally visited the families of the victims to express

Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles Independence Day Speech, July 8, 2016

Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Janine Kambanda– thank you for joining us this evening to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.  Thank you also to all the other members of the Rwandan government in attendance tonight: Minister of Trade and Industry, Francois Kanimba Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, Patrick Ndimubanzi Thank you

Secretary Kerry’s statement on Rwanda National Day

Rwanda National Day On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Rwanda as you celebrate your 54th year of independence on July 1. Rwandans have much to be proud of about their country and their future. Rwanda has become a model on the continent for its progress in advancing

Ambassador’s Remarks for the Africa Carbon Forum

Africa Carbon Forum I am excited to be here today to share the perspective of the United States and to talk about our partnership with Rwanda on climate change. Last December, countries of the world spoke with one voice in adopting the Paris Agreement.  And for the first time, we have an ambitious, durable climate regime that is fair, applies

Letter From Secretary Kerry about the Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 (June 30, 2016)

Dear Reader: If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to

Ambassador’s Remarks on Interfaith Iftar Dinner

As-salamu alaykum.  Ahlan wa sahlan bikum.  Muraho.  Welcome to my home. I want to especially welcome and thank Mufti Sheikh Salim Hitimana for being here with us this evening.  Congratulations to you on your recent election by the Supreme Muslim Council of Rwanda.   My team and I look forward to working with you during your term. I also want to thank

Ambassador’s Remarks on the Inauguration Ceremony for Kivuwatt Power Plant

Your Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; Honorable Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni; President and CEO of ContourGlobal Joseph Brandt; Country Director of ContourGlobal Jarmo Gummerus Governor of Western Province Caritas Mukandasira Mayor of Karongi District Francois Ndayisaba Local Officials, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, all Protocols Observed. I am very honored to join you today to

Secretary Kerry’s remarks on the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights

John Kerry Press Briefing Room Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Thanks for being here. I’m going to make a statement and I have to run from here to an NSC meeting on a number of issues, so forgive me if I dash out of here. I’m not trying to avoid you, but Tom will take some questions and

Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles Remarks for the 22nd Genocide Commemoration at the U.S. Embassy

Mwiriwe (Good Afternoon). Director General of the Research and Documentation Center on the Genocide at the National Commission for the Fight against the Genocide, Dr. Jean Damascene Gasanabo, Representative of the Ibuka Association, Second Vice President Freddy Mutanguha, Survivor orphans, Widows, Relatives, Friends of our fallen colleagues, U.S. Embassy colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen I am humbled to stand here today

Statement by John Kerry: Commemoration of the 22nd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Commemoration of the 22nd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda We stand today with the people of Rwanda in paying tribute to the more than 800,000 men, women, and children who were savagely murdered in the Rwandan genocide twenty-two years ago. We grieve for those innocent lives lost, for the families and friends who will forever cherish them, and

Statement by the President on the 22nd Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda

Statement by the President on the 22nd Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda Twenty-two years after the genocide, we stand with the people of Rwanda to commemorate the more than 800,000 men, women, and children whose lives were lost during 100 days of unspeakable violence. We honor not just the victims but also those who risked their lives to save

U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony for Culligan International’s Nzove Water Treatment Plant

Your Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, Honorable Minister of Finance Ambassador Claver Gatete Honorable Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni WASAC CEO James Sano Culligan East Africa and Central Asia (EACA) CEO Beyhan Nakiboglu and Senior Vice President Laurence Bower Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, all Protocols Observed. I am very honored to join you today to

Statement From U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Visit to Rwanda

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today made the following statement about her visit to Rwanda, which is taking place from January 27-28, 2016. “Today I am joined in Kigali by the group of senior executives who comprise the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. Their charge is to provide recommendations to President Obama and me on policy steps we

Reaction to Rwandan President’s Decision To Run for Third Term

Press Statement John Kirby Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC January 2, 2016 The United States is deeply disappointed that President Paul Kagame has announced his intention to run for a third term in office. With this decision, President Kagame ignores an historic opportunity to reinforce and solidify the democratic institutions the Rwandan people have for more than twenty

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Rwandan Constitutional Referendum

The United States is disappointed that a referendum was called on short notice to amend the Rwandan constitution and introduce exceptions to term limits. While we commend the people of Rwanda for peacefully exercising their civic rights, we regret that the arrangements for the referendum failed to provide sufficient time and opportunity for political debate on the merits of the

Statement by Secretary Kerry on World AIDS Day 2015

Statement by Secretary Kerry on World AIDS Day 2015 On World AIDS Day, we recognize the millions of people impacted by HIV/AIDS – the lives lost and the families forever torn apart by this disease. We also acknowledge the heroic and life-saving work of partners from governments, the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations across the world. I have

Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Violence and Disturbing Rhetoric in Burundi

The United States is alarmed by the escalating violence in Burundi and dangerous, irresponsible rhetoric on the part of the government, loyalist militias, violent anti-government forces and criminal elements. The United States will support the region and our partners in the international community so that those who commit or incite violence are held accountable. We are deeply concerned by President Nkurunziza’s

Ambassador’s Welcoming Speech for iPAD Opening Ceremony

Honorable Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni, Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, CEO of Rwanda Energy Group, Zelda Weitz, Chief Operating Officer for Symbion Power, USA, fellow diplomatic colleagues, distinguished guests, Good Morning.   Mwaramutse and Karibu!  As I know I will have forgotten someone I would like to lean on my favorite phrase here in Rwanda – All Protocol observed.  I am pleased

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch remarks at the 84th Interpol General Assembly, Kigali, Rwanda

Thank you, President [Mireille] Ballestrazzi, for that kind introduction – and for your tireless work to foster greater cooperation among the world’s law enforcement agencies.  Thank you also to Secretary General [Jürgen] Stock for your leadership at Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) and your dedication to justice.  My thanks as well to my colleagues from the Departments of Justice and

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Hajj and Eid al-Adha

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Hajj and Eid al-Adha As more than 2 million Muslims from around the world and across the United States mark the end of their holy pilgrimage of Hajj in Mecca, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha. This pilgrimage and Eid is about sacrifice,

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY

On Eid al-Adha Teresa and I extend our best wishes to Muslims around the world for a blessed Eid al-Adha.  We congratulate the nearly three million Muslims – including thousands of Americans – who are performing Hajj this year in fulfillment of one of the fundamental pillars of their faith. Eid al-Adha is a special time when Muslims pause to

Constitutional Reform Commission

Constitutional Reform Commission Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 4, 2015 The United States notes with concern the decision by Rwanda’s Parliament and President Paul Kagame to establish a Constitutional Reform Commission that may amend or remove executive term limits and permit President Kagame to seek a third term in 2017. We respect the ability of any

Statement by Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles on U.S. Independence Day

Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles Independence Day Speech, July 9, 2015 Minister Mushikiwabo – thank you for joining us this evening to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. Honorable Ministers, Members of Parliament, Permanent Secretaries, other colleagues from the Government of Rwanda, fellow members of the diplomatic corps, leaders in civil society, business, education,

Statement by Secretary of State, John Kerry on Rwanda National Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC July 1, 2015 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Rwanda on the 53nd anniversary of your independence on July 1. On this day, we recognize Rwanda’s many achievements since its independence. Rwanda is widely recognized as a leader in advancing

U.S. Embassy Concerned by Indefinite Suspension of BBC Kinyarwanda Service

U.S. Embassy Kigali June 6, 2015 The United States Embassy shares the disappointment of the United Kingdom and the European Union Heads of Mission in Rwanda regarding the decision to extend the suspension of BBC’s Kinyarwanda service indefinitely. As President Obama stated in April 2014, “the Rwandan genocide was neither an accident nor unavoidable.  It was a deliberate and systematic

Secretary Kerry Statement: Launch of Solar Power Facility in Rwanda

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC February 18, 2015 I welcome the completion and launch of an 8.5 MW solar installation in Rwanda by Gigawatt Global. This is the first utility-scale solar project to come online under the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance (ACEF) program, which is now an integral part of Power Africa. The project expands electricity

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