President Paul Kagame has arrived in Jerusalem, Israel, for the fifth Israel Presidential Conference. Under the theme, “The Human Factor in Shaping Tomorrow”, this year’s Presidential Conference will also mark the 90th birthday of Israel’s President, Shimon Peres. The President was accompanied by the First Lady, Jeannette Kagame.
Shortly after arrival, President Kagame and the first lady attended a reception hosted by President Peres alongside former US President Bill Clinton.
During the three-day visit to Israel, Kagame will visit the Kibbutz Shfayim where he will meet 30 Rwandan students currently on an agriculture training programme that is part of a partnership between the Rwandan and Israeli agriculture ministries. The programme, which focuses on horticulture and irrigation, is set grow to more than 100 students as part of efforts to strengthen cooperation in one of Rwanda’s priority sectors.
President Kagame is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with both President Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
President Kagame participated in the first Presidential Conference in 2008. This year’s conference will discuss the future in relation to key issues, including geopolitics, economics, society, environment, culture, identity, education and new media.