15st – 16nd December 2016

«Shaping together the Rwanda We Want»

A. Background

As part of efforts to reconstruct Rwanda and nurture a shared national identity, the Government
of Rwanda drew on aspects of Rwandan culture and traditional practices to enrich and adapt its
development programs to the country’s needs and context. The result is a set of Home Grown
Solutions - culturally owned practices translated into sustainable development programs. One
of these Home Grown Solutions is Umushyikirano.

Umushyikirano is an annual event that gives Rwandans from all walks of life the opportunity
to ask questions directly to their leaders. The event is chaired by the President and attended by
members of the Cabinet and Parliament, representatives of the Rwandan community abroad,
local government, media, the diplomatic community and others invited by the President.
Governed by Article 140 of the Constitution, the National Umushyikirano Council meets at least
once (1) a year. It debates issues relating to the state of the Nation and national unity. The
President of the Republic convenes and presides over the National Umushyikirano Council and
determines those who participate. Resolutions of this Council are submitted to the relevant
institutions to enable them to improve their service delivery to the population. A presidential
order may provide for other matters for the National Umushyikirano Council.
It is in this regards that this year’s National Umushyikirano Council, the 14th edition, will take
place from 15 to 16 December 2016 at the Kigali Convention Centre.

2. Proposed theme: Shaping together the Rwanda We Want

The proposed theme aims at taking stock of Rwanda’s achievements registered in the last
few years, Rwandan values, and the future we want. More broadly, panelists will stress the
importance of collaboration between leadership and citizens as pillars to Rwanda’s continued
3. Discussion Topics
Panel One: Rwanda's Achievements: "A Product of Unity and Unconventional Solutions"
Over the past two decades, Rwanda has registered unprecedented social and economic
transformation in all spheres of life. There has been sustained progress in the unity and
Concept Note
reconciliation of Rwandans reaching 92% in 2015, access to education with the primary net
enrolment rate increasing to 97% from 72.6% in 2000. In the health sector, the maternal
mortality rate dropped from 1071 in 2000 to 210 in 2015 while the infant mortality rate dropped
from 107 in 2000 to 32 in 2015. Rwanda’s growth is due to clear policies and strategies which
have resulted into significant decrease in poverty rates from 58.9% in 2001 to 39% in 2013 while
extreme poverty was reduced from 40% to 16% in the same period.
The successful implementation of social programs and other government programs is a result
of visionary leadership, shared vision and collaboration between leadership and citizens.
The topic seeks to highlight Rwanda’s development agenda through concrete examples and
demonstrate how citizens and leaders have worked together.
It is expected that the cross cutting discussions on this topic will enhance the Unity and
Reconciliation of Rwandans, increase citizens’ commitment to protect and safeguard the
current achievements; enhance knowledge on key government programs and Home Grown
Solutions that transformed the lives of Rwandans; articulate the central role of leadership in
enhancing Rwanda’s Brand and in the country’s development and increase an understanding
that a shared vision is instrumental to any success and determination of the country’s future.
Panel Two: The Rwanda We Want -U Rwanda Twifuza
Rwanda’s vision encapsulates universal access to improved living standards, sustained food
security, protection of the Rwandan family, universal access to quality affordable services in
health, education, finance, housing, energy, infrastructure etc. However, improved state of living
conditions should be underpinned by upholding some of our values (self-reliance, dignity,
integrity, patriotism, hardworking, innovation…) as key drivers to our desired social welfare/
common vision.
The topic will provide a snapshot of where we want to be as Rwandans (Vision 2050 under
preparation) and stress the importance of Rwandan values that underpin our ambitious vision
and underscore the imperative for continuity.
Overall, the expected outcomes from this topic include; a clear understanding of where we
want to be as Rwandans (Vision 2050), a shared understanding of the importance of visionary
leadership as a driver to future social and economic development; awareness on Rwandan
values that will facilitate us to achieve vision and an increased citizen participation in finding
solutions to emerging challenges.
4. Format
» A short video on citizens’ aspirations on the Rwanda we want;
» The discussions shall be conducted in a “Davos style” format with speakers taking few
minutes to shade light on the topic and then followed by discussions from the floor
» The moderator will be responsible for orienting questions from the audience and remote
sites across the country to concerned respondents;
» Citizens will participate the National Umushyikirano Council through establishment of
remote sites;
» The public will be fully engaged either by contributing within the conference hall or
through telephone calls & SMS, emails & other social media. The event will also be
broadcasted live on both radio and TVR.
5. Agenda
rDay One
» Remarks by His Excellency the President of the Republic at the official opening of the 14th
National Umushyikirano Council;
» Presentation by the Right Honorable Prime Minister on the status of implementation of
the 13th National Umushyikirano Council Resolutions;
» A short video (5-7 minutes) on citizens’ aspirations for the future- Rwanda we want;
» Topic 1: Rwanda’s Achievements: “A Product of Unconventional Solutions”.
rDay Two
» Topic 2: The Rwanda We Want -U Rwanda Twifuza;
» Presentation of Resolutions of the 14th National Umushyikirano Council;
» Closing Remarks by His Excellency the President of the Republic.


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