Rwanda’s Football Team

During the month of June 19th-25th, Rwanda’s U-17 football team will be playing at the World Cup in Mexico 2011. By being the first team to reach the semi-final of the CAF U-17 Championships, Rwanda made sure of their place at the FIFA U-17 World Cup after just two matches. A 2-1 win over Burkina Faso in the opening game of the tournament was followed up by a 1-0 victory over Egypt. In effect, three goals were enough for a world championship place but if there was any doubt about their credentials, the Rwandan youngsters went all the way to the final. It is with this pleasure, that we ask you to support our team in Pachuca, Mexico.


Visit to Rwanda 2010

Canada’s Governor General Michaëlle Jean arrives in Rwanda – April 21, 2010

KIGALI – The Canada’s Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, last evening arrived in the country for a 3-day State visit.

Jean was received by the Prime Minister, Bernard Makuza, Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, the Minister in the President’s office Solina Nyirahabimana and Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Canada, Edda Mukabagwiza. Also present to receive the Governor General was Canada’s High Commissioner to Rwanda, Ross Hynes and the Mayor of Kigali, Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira.

The Haitian-born Governor General is expected to visit Kigali Memorial Centre at Gisozi this morning to pay her respects to the remains of over 250,000 laid to rest before heading to Urugwiro Village where she will hold talks with President Paul Kagame.

Jean, will also participate in interactive sessions with young Rwandans on the Genocide, human rights and reconciliation among other topics. Tomorrow she will visit the National University of Rwanda where she will lay a wreath at the Genocide Monument the University. She will then deliver the opening speech at a discussion on the role of the media in a democracy. The panel is organized by the NUR in co-operation with the Office of the High Commissioner of Canada to Rwanda. The Governor General will also visit Nyamagabe to check on the Programme d’Appui à la Gouvernance locale du Rwanda (PAGOR), a project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) which supports the Rwandan decentralization policy by strengthening local governance in two districts of the Southern Province; Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru. Jean will meet the women and men of Kibirizi and participate in a discussion on the growing participation of women in Rwandan society and the challenges they face



Rwanda: Canada Backs Country’s Commonwealth Bid – November 25, 2009

Kigali — As negotiations to admit Rwanda into the Commonwealth get into the final lap, Canada, one of the most influential member of the grouping, has affirmed its support for Rwanda’s bid to join the 53-nations bloc.

“Canada would welcome the admission of Rwanda to the Commonwealth,” a spokesperson for Canada’s Foreign Affairs Department was quoted by AFP.

“The Commonwealth is well positioned to assist Rwanda in strengthening its democratic institutions,” the official added.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is reported to be leading the bid to admit Rwanda to the club during the biennial Commonwealth Heads of States Meeting starting on Friday in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago.

Canada and Australia, both major funders of the Commonwealth, have expressed their support for Rwanda’s bid. Other nations backing Rwanda’s entry into the Commonwealth include India, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma has also hinted on Rwanda emerging from this weekend’s meeting as a Commonwealth member but refused to make a clear prediction.

Rwanda will be admitted on the basis of a positive assessment report submitted by Sharma to the Heads of State Summit mid this year, whose contents are highly guarded, a senior source on the negotiating team revealed. The country has been vying to join the elite group for the last five years for economic reasons worth $2.8 trillion in annual trade. It will join Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony admitted to the Commonwealth 14 years ago, as the only member without a direct British colonial connection.

Set up 60 years ago, the Commonwealth represents two billion people and accounts for a fifth of the world’s trade.