By Ntarugera Deo Koya
Ntarugera Deo Koya; Political, diplomatic affairs and Communication Consultant; English, French, Kinyarwanda Translation expert; Member of the Rwandan diplomatic community: Mail bag: 2995 Kigali; Phone: +250 78868575
The skulls and bones of the thousands of genocide victims are stacked at Ntarama church [Peter Greste/Al Jazeera]
Rwanda has risen from the ashes of war and 1994 genocide to become a major republic having a clear-headed political leadership, a working social organization and a promising economy that is highly credited and envied by many around the globe. Anyone who saw Rwanda in April-July 1994 can hardly believe the human, political and economic reality obtaining today in the same Rwanda. What has happened in Rwanda is in actuality nothing short of a miracle, as has often been noted by external observers. That miracle is still unfolding before us, and more of it is still looming ahead.
The glare of miracles, like that of lightning, does naturally blind people acting it out and/or witnessing it firsthand. Paul Collier, Professor of Economics, Oxford University Economics Department and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies, is one of those external witnesses of the Rwandan miracle who were spared the blinding glare thereof, and who therefore does clearly and coherently tell the unfolding miraculous story of post genocide Rwanda.
Recently, renowned professor Paul Collier delivered an interesting public lecture at the Kigali Institute of science and technology (KIST), Kigali, Rwanda. Titled RWANDA: THE NEXT PHASE OF GROWTH, this lecture attracted the attention of Rwanda Government ministers, private sector, academia, civil society, professionals of different fields. Professor Paul Collier commended post genocide Rwandan leadership’s outstanding achievements, and went on to underscore the crucial need to secure functioning institutional structures. Long term economic growth and political stability of the country will understandably depend more on institutional operability than on individual leaders’ performances.