The RPF Chairman, President Paul Kagame has said that the Africans are tired of poverty and bad environment and that one way to deal with these two issues is to invest in industrialization.
He said speaking during a televised panel discussion held as part of the ongoing African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meetings in Lusaka, Zambia.
The meetings, which will go on for five days, are being held under the theme; “Energy and climate Change” and have attracted over 2,500 delegates including several heads of state.
The meeting was preceded by the launch of the African Economic Outlook,
“The approach to energy for us has been the right mix of off and on grid power for industries. The energy mix will be dictated by our needs and resources,” said the Chairman.
He appeared on the panel with President Uhuru Kenyatta and AfDB President Dr. Adesina Akinwumi.
“As leaders, we are committed to finding ways of accelerating the progress already being made. There is new momentum; we are beginning to move with a sense of urgency as a continent,” he added.
Heads of State and Government at the summit included Presidents Edgar Lungu of Zambia, Idriss Deby of Chad and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.
Nigeria Vice-President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo, Prime Ministers of Tanzania and Mozambique – Kassim Majaliwa and Carlos Agostinho do Rosário respectively.
Other high-profile attendees include Akon, Kofi Annan, Aliko Dangote, Ashish Thakkar, John Kufuor, Mary Robinson, Mo Ibrahim, Nancy Lee, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Tony Elumelu, among others.