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Rwanda leads in world peacekeeping

Posted on 28 October 2014 by peter

Rwanda leads in world peacekeeping

Amb. Yamina Karitanyi

Amb. Yamina Karitanyi, Head of Tourism and Conservation at RDB will represent Rwanda as speaker at this year’s International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) World Travel Market event ‘Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sports.’

Ambassador Karitanyi will share the lessons learned following years of conflict in Rwanda and the role of tourism, culture and sport in post-conflict reconciliation and socio-economic -development.

This will be an interactive session with questions, comments and insights welcome from the floor.

This session, organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) features leaders of the industry who will share their perspectives on the role of tourism in healing wounds conflict, contributing to post-conflict socio-economic re-development and to a “Culture of Peace” at both the community and national levels and across regions of the world.

The session will be a preview of the IIPT World Symposium on Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations being held in South Africa, Februrary16-19, 2015. The Symposium will honor the legacies of three great Champions of Peace and Non-Violence:

Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the African Union, 20 years of South African Democracy, and the 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Legislation in the United States.

Action oriented ideas for the Symposium will be welcome at the WTM session as well as your nominations of “real life” case studies of Success Stories for presentation a the Symposium.

IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore said, “Our intent will be to harness the Symposium and legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. to build bridges of tourism, friendship and peace in regions throughout the world.”

IIPT is dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction, and the resolution of conflict – and through these initiatives, help bring about a more peaceful and sustainable world.

IIPT is dedicated to mobilizing travel and tourism, the world’s largest industry, as the world’s first “Global Peace Industry,” an industry that promotes and supports the belief that “Every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.”

Other panelists in the event being organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) include: Dr. TalebRifai, Secretary General, U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Martin Craigs, CEO Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); HiranCooray, Director, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Chairman, Jetwing Hotels Ltd and Mrs. WahidaJaiet, Managing Director of the Tunisian National Tourist Office (TNTO). Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) will be the Moderator.

 

 

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Rwanda, Uganda partner in tourism development

Posted on 16 October 2014 by peter

In its commitment to promote East Africa as a single Tourism destination, Uganda has partnered with Rwanda to jointly promote two -way tourism traffic; between the two sister-countries.

Speaking during the a tourism training conference at Serena Hotel-Kigali, Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanadan Minister for Foreign Affairs said the move which was championed by the Uganda.

Tourism Board in partnership with the Rwandan Development Board is purposed to defend both the security and business developments of the two countries.

“People to people relations between Uganda and Rwanda is a very important step to strengthening the tourism sectors of the two economies-both of which come as their country’s biggest revenue earners, contributing over $1b to either country.”

Mushikiwabo said while addressing over 5,000 celebrants including Ugandan fraternity in Rwanda, High Commissioners and friends of Uganda in Rwanda.

According to Stephen Asiimwe, UTB Chief Executive Officer, under the merger, the two countries will have healthy tourism exchanges whenever marketing opportunities such as tourism marts and expos arise in the two countries and the Great Lakes Region in general.

As a result, social-economic problems such unemployment will be effectively addressed because Tourism is the world’s biggest employer, employing at least one of every ten people in its various sub-sectors such as Roads and Transport, Hotel and accommodation among others.

To aid in this realization, Uganda’s High Commissioner to Rwanda, Richard Kabonero said Rwanda will with immediate effect start by stamping out hindrances that have over the years suffocated a healthy business exchange between the two countries such as the border to border bureaucracies.

According to Edwin Muzahura, Head of Marketing UTB, the board’s choice for Rwanda was highly influenced by the fact that no other country in the region feeds Uganda with as much tourists as Rwanda.
 

 

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Perezida Kagame ntiyemerana n’abavuga ko Afurika idateze gutera imbere

Posted on 07 December 2011 by peter

Perezida atangaza ko Afurika ari umugabane urimo gutera imbere kandi ko abantu badakwiye kuyibona nk’umugabane wo gufashwa ahubwo ko Afrika ikwiye gufatwa nk’ahantu habereye ishoramari kubera umutungo kamere wayo.

Ibi yativuze mu kiganiro kihariye yagiranye n’umunyamakuru wa BBC, Andrew Marr, ubwo yari yitabiriye inama y’abakuru b’ibihugu bigize umuryango wa Common Wealth yaberaga i Perth muri Australia.

Marr amubajije ku cyo yabwira abantu batekereza ko Afurika ari umugabane udateze gutera imbere, Perezida Kagame yasubije ko abo bantu bibeshya; ko Afurika iri ku murongo w’iterambere kandi rikomeye.

Yagize ati “Afurika ifite ubukungu kamere, abantu bakwiye kurekeraho gutekereza ko ari ahantu ho gukorera ibikorwa by’ubufasha no gutera inkunga. Ni ahantu ho gukorera ishoramari.”

Perezida Kagame kandi yanahakanye ibivugwa ko mu  Rwanda nta demokarasi ihari,  nyuma y’uko imwe mu miryango iharanira uburenganzira bwa muntu imushinjirije kwiharira amatora ya 2010 aho yagize amajwi angana na 93%. Kagame yibaza impamvu abantu bavuga ko nta demokarasi ihari kandi abaturage bagira uruhare mu bikorwa byose; nk’uburezi, ishoramari, ibikorwaremezo, n’ibindi.

Ku bwe asanga byibura kuba harabaye amatora biruta kuba nta yari kuba. Yongeyeho ko n’ibihugu bishimwa ko byateye imbere muri demokarasi nabyo bigira amategeko umuntu adashobora kurengera.

U Rwanda rwinjiye mu muryango wa Common Wealth mu 2009.

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