Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Some 300 Rwandan nationals living in 20 countries are in Kigali attending their second convention whose theme is "Role of the Diaspora in the Rwanda's Socio-Economic Development.
" Opening the meeting Tuesday, Foreign Minister Charles Muligande said that the main objective of the meeting was first and foremost to get members of the Rwandan Diaspora to take an active part in all the economic activities of the country through the investments in different sectors of development.
Muligande, citing the example of the Philippines and India, where the rate of foreign investments exceeded largely the national budget because of the involvement of their citizens in the Diaspora, added: "We should take the model of Asian countries that had adopted this way of mobilising investments.
" Rwanda is open to any investment and will facilitate the task to anybody wishing to involve in that activity, the Minister observed, adding that the role of the Diaspora should be present in the fields targeting the promotion of the image and culture of the country at international level.
In an interview, Isibo Rutimirwa, who lives in Tanzania, said he was happy to be back home.
"Fifteen years ago, many of us had been marginalized and forced to leave the country.
I was ashamed to say that I was a Rwandan, but now I am very proud of it," Rutimirwa, who is from a royal family, said happily.
Co-organized with the government, the participants have come from Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Mozambique, Togo and Benin.
"There are also representative of the Rwandan community in Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Canada and the United States," a foreign ministry official told PANA.