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Tourists leave after Kwita Izima, investors arrive for COMESA meet

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ATC News by Wolfgang H. Thome

The week-long celebration of Rwanda’s conservation achievements, known as Kwita Izina, has come to an end Friday night, after 22 young born gorillas were named in front of President Paul Kagame, who for the second year running attended the event.

Kagame reiterated in his address Rwanda’s commitment to conservation when he said that Kwita Izina was also about remembering that development must be founded in environmental protection before adding that in Rwanda there will be no trade off between conservation and economic growth, as the two complement each other.

The speech, in the opinion of many conservation leaders present at Kwita Izina, should be made mandatory reading by President Kagame’s fellow Heads of State in East Africa, as they head to Dar es Salaam later this week for a summit, given the level of environmental neglect, destruction and lip service seen among some of the other EAC countries.

Kwita Izina over, The Global African Investment Summit organized by COMESA takes off today.

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