The National Leadership Retreat, now in its 15th edition, started today at the RDF Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, Gatsibo District. The Retreat brought together about 300 Rwanda’s senior leaders from Central Government, Local Government, parastatals and the private sector to discuss. The First Lady Jeannette Kagame is also participating in the retreat.
During his opening speech, President Kagame reminded that the retreat is an opportunity for leaders to ask themselves why some issues keep coming up even when they have been discussed several times, adding that the retreat should help devise strategies to improve how government does business and build on what has been done thus far.
“This is the 15th National Leadership Retreat. It is now part of our culture of self-assessment, to ensure that what we are doing helps us deliver our vision. This time of reflection and discussion helps us change what needs to be changed. Leaders must provide guidance working with whoever they need to work with to set the vision for the country”, said President Kagame.
The first day of the retreat also featured a presentation from Prime Minister Édouard Ngirente on the implementation status of 2017 Leadership Retreat recommendations.
During his presentation that also included the implementation of Rwanda 2020 Vision and EDPRS II, the Prime Minister underscored that the country has been steadily delivering on its vision but that more efforts are needed in some areas.
During the next four days, discussions will feature various sessions including: Where is Rwanda today in relation to the country’s development targets? Prerequisites for transformational growth; Transformation through enhanced urbanization and competitiveness, Education for a knowledge-based economy, Improving the quality of health services and Rwanda in Africa and Beyond.
The National Leadership Retreat commonly known as Umwiherero, meaning retreat, refers to a tradition in Rwandan culture whereby leaders would convene to reflect on issues affecting their communities. The objective of these meetings was to identify solutions and commit to achieving them. Today, Umwiherero has become a unique governance tool that allows Rwanda’s leaders to hold themselves accountable. It provides with them an opportunity to reflect on the country’s progress and identify strategies to accelerate delivery of national priorities while solving on-going challenges.