By DUSABEMUNGU Ange de la Victoire
I have been working in the Rwandan Media Industry for more than 8 years but at the same time I continue to look at some of the reasons why some people, especially Rwandan politicians living abroad, are most likely to spread hatred against their motherland country.
I am sure that most of the people who have interests in regional matters agree that every time a problem arises in the Great Lakes region of Africa, there are many other people outside who make every effort to tarnish Rwanda’s image as the cause of the problem.
While others look at Rwanda as a model country in uplifting many people from poverty, ensuring protection from diseases and even from all sorts of insecurities, there are others who want the whole world to look at Rwanda as a world-class crisis generator.
Although there is no mention of the names, most of the people who mislead the world about Rwanda are Rwandans themselves or foreigners who have something to gain by shaking heads of certain countries so that they can turn against Rwanda.
In this opinion I started by referring to the United States and Rwanda as friendly countries that I often monitored their relationship from the written statements, donations, and again in some cases statements of concerns.
In most of the cases when the United States issues a statement criticizing Rwanda, there are groups of fellow Rwandans who immediately jump in to amplify any critic without even considering the logic behind the critics.
What I mean by that is that no matter what happens, the United States has a long-standing relationship with Rwanda and has been around for more than 60 years.
At this point, I wonder if our relatives, when they make a decision and intend to tarnish the over 60-year-old friendship on the one hand, do they think they are in the right direction.
To help you understand what I want you to know, let me just share this little information, probably you can understand the real Rwandan Proverb “Ntazibana zidakomanya Amahembe”
The United States established diplomatic relations with Rwanda in 1962, following its independence from a Belgian-administered trusteeship.
The United States assists Rwanda in the health sector, and the economic sector, particularly in rural areas.
These partnerships are carried out through various presidential initiatives such as Feed the Future, Global Climate Change, and the Global Health Initiative, including the President’s Malaria Initiative and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
U.S. assistance in Rwanda also supports regional economic integration to spur business development, entrepreneurship, and increased employment opportunities.
Rwanda is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
The United States and Rwanda have a trade and investment framework agreement and a bilateral investment treaty.
The United States also has signed trade and investment framework agreements with the East African Community and with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and Rwanda is a member of both regional organizations.
U.S. business interests in Rwanda have been modest, with private U.S. investment in tea, coffee, energy, mining, franchising, and small holdings in service and manufacturing concerns.
U.S. exports to Rwanda include aircraft, pharmaceutical products, machinery, optic and medical instruments, and agricultural products while U.S. imports from Rwanda include coffee, basketwork, tungsten ore, and apparel.
About the Author:
DUSABEMUNGU Ange de la Victoire is an experienced Communications Associate with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Photography, Multi-media, Twitter, Microsoft Programs, Sales, and Editing. Strong media and communication professional with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs from National University of Rwanda. Political and Environmental Journalist at www.topafricanews.com and other local media545