Rwanda National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 1, 2016


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Rwanda as you celebrate your 54th year of independence on July 1.

Rwandans have much to be proud of about their country and their future. Rwanda has become a model on the continent for its progress in advancing the role of women in both the public and private sectors, and for encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Rwanda has made laudable efforts to protect its forests and endangered species, and to advance the fight against climate change. Its commitment toward finding innovative solutions to produce clean energy such as solar and hydro-power has opened up key opportunities for investment and development. We look forward to continuing to work with you to build on Rwanda’s progress in health, education, and development, and to further strengthen democracy, human rights, and civil society in Rwanda.

On behalf of the American people, I am honored to wish all Rwandans continued happiness, prosperity, and success as you celebrate your national day.