As I pack my bags for a two-week trip to Rwanda, I am looking forward to the time on two long flights to be able to read Rwanda Inc. by Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond. Here's a quick excerpt that caught my eye:
"Eighteen years after Rwanda's horrific genocide, the country has been transformed. High rises are going up in the capital city of Kigali; a newly established stock exchange is attracting investors; one million people have risen out of poverty, and the economy is transitioning from reliance on subsistence agriculture to information and communications technology with an emphasis on homegrown entrepreneurship and foreign direct investment. But while Rwanda experiences unprecedented economic growth, many of its war-torn neighbors, lacking effective leaders, face a bleaker future. Can Rwanda's model of growth be applied to other developing nations, or will it falter under the scrutiny of the world stage?"
I will certainly pen a few blogs while I am in Kigali, but wanted to share my enthusiasm for exploring how the Government of Rwanda and the Private Sector can more effectively partner to upgrade existing and potential agricultural value chains, increase incomes for smallholder farmers, and accelerate the pace of social and economic change that appears to have momentum in this land-locked African nation.