By Our Reporter
President Paul Kagame on December 9 commended His Highness the Amir for his vision that has created a mark in the fight against corruption globally.
Kagame was giving his welcome remark to world leaders including the Amir of Qatar His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani who convened in Kigali for the 4th edition of Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award.
“I need to commend His Highness the Amir for the vision that led to the establishment of these important prizes and to the good partnership with the United Nations,” said Kagame.
This Award hosted by Rwanda has been held on the African Continent for the first time since it was established.
President Kagame noted that the event signified the fight against corruption as well as reminding the world the meaning of the imposing symbolic work of art at the Conventional Centre in Kigali, only erected in countries that host this event.
“And I thank all of you leaders who are here for being here and for altogether giving us this honour as a country to host this event which signifies a very important fight, the fight against corruption,” added Kagame, “we have just unveiled a stunning sculpture by the renowned Iraqi artist Ahmed Al-Bahrani. This symbolizes both the openness and firm resolve needed to prevail in the fight against corruption”.
Namibian President Hage Geingob and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat are among the high profile leaders at the ceremony.
This annual award which is under the patronage of His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is held on International Anti-Corruption Day which falls on December9.
The day has been observed since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on October31, 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption