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Rwanda Gov’t Committed To Supporting Media Development – Min. Mushikiwabo

Africa Day of Information 2017 in rwanda kigali

Rwanda’s minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, Louise Mushikiwabo has reiterated government’s commitment to see media develop.

She made the remarks during the ninth media dialogue and the celebration of Africa Information day in Kigali, Tuesday, where she was guest of honour.

‘’Rwanda will continue to work with its media sector development partners to achieve set development goals as enshrined its development strategies like Vision 2020.’’ She said.

The idea to celebrate the Africa Day of Information was first advanced in 1963 when Heads of State and Government attending the inaugural Conference of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa proposed the establishment of an African News Agency.

Mushikiwabo however noted that the day was over the years not been given the importance it deserves on the continent.

‘’It is in this spirit that Rwanda media practitioners during their Itorero dubbed ‘Impamyabigwi’, in December 2015 resolved to give prominence to this day.’’She noted.

She acknowledged that media practitioners found it pertinent to celebrate this day in line with the growing momentum to chart a new development agenda for Africa through strategic socio-economic transformation frameworks like the Agenda 2063, Africa we Want.

Under the theme “Positioning African Media in the digital era,” media experts are expected to strategize on how to deal with digital threats without harming the media industry.

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