June 7, 2023

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President Paul Kagame urges Beninese youth to develop self-confidence

President Paul Kagame has urged Beninese youth to develop self-confidence, have belief and try new things if they are to achieve desired success.

He made the advice during a conversation with over 100 young entrepreneurs in Sèmè City on Saturday 15th April 2023 on the first day of his visit to Benin.

The youth undergo training on research and creation of innovations.

The Head of State told the youth that the secret to success is to understand that everything starts with individual efforts, what one has in mind and expected outcome. This goes hand in hand with hard working and doing a lot.

“Be confident in yourselves, have belief, then go out and try. You can do it yourselves. You just got to do one thing. Go out and try doing it. Don’t give up,” he said.

President Kagame said that there are many who are excited about what he has done in different areas of Rwanda’s development and told them that the secret is ‘not giving up’.

“If you fail here, try somewhere else. If you fail in one thing, try something else. Keep going. What do you want to do if you don’t do that? Just sit back and do nothing? No. In any case you are better off because after all, you have a chance. If you try it, you will get it whatever it is. If you don’t try it, you will never get it,” he noted.

President Kagame stressed the need to make make possible efforts to help the youth maximize their potential and is expected to address the issue of brain drain.

He highlighted that brain retention or attracting brains can be among solutions.

“If there is brain drain , it is because there is brain in the first place here that is being drained outward. Let us now invest in this brain,” he said.

and it is really these young people who have it. it is not unknown, it not something new to discover, we know it very well.

He underscored that the right investments should be made for the young people to freely come out, express themselves and be able to ‘give us their best from their brain’.

President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame visited Benin over the weekend to reinforce existing bilateral ties.

During the visit, both countries signed cooperation agreements in the areas of security, digitization, agriculture, local governance, and sustainable development among others.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Beninese counterpart, Patrice Talon, affirmed their commitment to enhancing security cooperation during President Kagame’s two-day state visit to Benin.

The leaders agreed that a joint permanent commission meeting would be held in Cotonou before the end of 2023. Taken from IGIHE ENGLISH

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