PM congratulates Project Umubano as celebrate 10 year anniversary

The Prime Minister The Rt Hon Theresa May in a statement said:

"I am delighted to send my congratulations to you this evening as you celebrate the 10th anniversary of Project Umubano and another successful visit to Rwanda.

'Umubano', of course, means friendship – and I have always thought it a very appropriate name for this important scheme. I am enormously proud of what the UK and Rwanda have achieved together as friends and partners.

Thanks to the co-operation between our two nations, and the vision of President Kagame, whom I congratulate on his re-election, millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. Rwandans today have the best life chances they have ever had, with dramatically improved healthcare, livelihoods and a growing economy. British military personnel have worked side-by-side their Rwandan colleagues in peacekeeping operations, helping ensure that we never again witness the horrors Rwanda endured. As a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, the United Kingdom has proudly made clear that will never vote against credible Security Council action to stop mass atrocities and crimes against humanity. And our trade and investment partnership is expanding, with the launch of direct flights between Kigali and London on Rwandair.

Coperation has been complemented by the work of Project Umubano over the past decade. Thanks to the dedication of Andrew Mitchell, David Cameron and countless other Conservative Members of Parliament, councillors, candidates, and activists, it has gone from strength to strength – leaving an incredibly important legacy not just in the bricks and mortar of the projects it has supported, but in the hearts and minds of those who have taken part from both countries.

As you celebrate this evening, you should all take pride in the part you have played in strengthening the friendship between our two nations: a friendship that is fit for the future, and which I know will flourish in the years to come. Thank you, and congratulations again."