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Finance and security, the main vehicles of Kagame's diplomacy
Rwandan President Paul Kagame. © Jean Bizimana/Reuters

Finance and security, the main vehicles of Kagame's diplomacy

For several years President Paul Kagame has been trying to strengthen Rwanda's position on the continental and international scene via two of the country's key sectors: finance and the army. The teams at Kigali International Financial Center (KIFC) have been travelling abroad more regularly, with a view to making the city Africa's financial hub. Meanwhile, the armed forces' emissaries are exporting Rwanda's military know-how. President Kagame has also being making the most of his connections beyond the continent, particularly those in Qatar, to position himself at the heart of the great game of nations.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame. © Jean Bizimana/Reuters
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Rwandan soldiers patrolling in Afungi, near the TotalEnergies complex in Cabo Delgado, 22 September 2021. © Simon Wohlfahrt/AFP

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Rwandan Chief of Staff Jean-Bosco Kazura is currently holding a series of meetings with African chiefs of staff (photo from 2013).
Rwandan Chief of Staff Jean-Bosco Kazura is currently holding a series of meetings with African chiefs of staff (photo from 2013). © UN Mission in Mali/Flickr

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The Kigali International Finance Centre delegation visiting Luxembourg 16-17 November 2021, here with representatives of the Luxembourg Financial Intelligence Unit.
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