Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi Discusses “Democracy, Good Governance and Development in Africa: The Need for Effective and Visionary Leadership – The Rwandan Example”
Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the 19th Wole Soyinka Lecture scheduled to take place at The Forum Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield on 3rd June, 2016 by 11.00am. Kamanzi, who is the Rwandan ambassador to Nigeria, will be speaking on “Democracy, Good Governance and Development in Africa – The Need for Effective and Visionary Leadership: The Rwandan Example”.
This theme is apposite as Africa grapples increasingly with insecurity; the spike in terrorism and terrorist activities and the adverse economic consequences of the plummet in global oil prices. Africa needs to turn to effective, knowledgeable, patriotic and visionary leaderships, if it must design appropriate solutions and draw the road map that will enhance security conditions across national and regional borders, usher in economic development, growth and delivery of the positive dividends of democracy to Africa’s 1.365 billion people.
The 19th Wole Soyinka Lecture sets out to identify, emphasize and interrogate the issues, conditions, factors and influences that contribute to the current sorry state of affairs in Africa’s development. Why should Africa remain known for raw materials export in the 21st Century? And what must be done to reverse this tendency? These are the questions that must agitate the minds of every individual that aspires to a leadership position, on any level in Africa today! This lecture is purposed as a clarion call to identify, highlight and share experiences of African nations where purposeful, visionary and democratic leadership have translated to national or regional stability and prosperity and from empirical analysis, draw up minimum acceptable requirements and standards for character, learning and leadership Africa must adopt to reinvent and retake its pride of place. Africa is too important to fail!
The keynote address acknowledges the direct role effective, purpose driven and visionary leadership will and must play, especially when nations rally to heal and rebuild from natural disasters or man-made conflict. This has been exemplified during Rwanda’s alliance to rediscover its soul after it experienced the most horrific, barbaric and primitive genocide in modern history.
The keynote speaker, Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi is the High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has served as a Cabinet Minister in the Government of the Republic of Rwanda since February 2006. Kamanzi, had held, back to back, the ministerial portfolios of Infrastructure; Environment and Land; and Natural Resources until July 2014. Ambassador Kamanzi worked assiduously in several capacities and provided leadership during the coordinated local and international efforts to reunite and rebuild Rwanda after the genocide.
His professional background exposed him to a blend of work in community development, post conflict administration, academia, and diplomacy. He also served as Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations in New York, from 2003 to 2006, at which time he was actively engaged, among other responsibilities, in the processes for peace building in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. He assumed the Chair of the African Group of Ambassadors during the consultations on the United Nations reforms.