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Rwanda: Top Sudan Lawyer Impressed By Kigali Visit
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Feb 14, 2011 - 7:26:18 AM

The New Times (Kigali)
Government Supporting Daily

Rwanda: Top Sudan Lawyer Impressed By Kigali Visit

Frank Kanyesigye

14 February 2011

Hashim Abubaker, the vice president of the Sudan Bar Association, has hailed Rwanda for the tremendous development it has registered in a "very short period of time", saying that the transformation of the country should be a lesson to other societies lagging behind.

He made the remarks, after Last week's meeting that established a partnership between the created the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) and the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

"This is the first time I have been to Rwanda and it's developing so fast. Because of what this country passed through in 1994(Genocide against the Tutsi), I could not believe that it has reached this far," he said.

He noted that Kigali is one of the cleanest cities in Africa, adding that the country has taken good steps towards achieving these developments in a short while.

Abubaker who is also the vice president of PALU for East Africa region stressed that Rwanda's transformation success is a lesson to other societies which are still lagging behind.

"I visited one of the mosques in Kigali and that is where I prayed from. I realised that Rwanda respects religions, Moslems pray in a very good atmosphere and this really impressed me," he said.

Abubaker thanked President Paul Kagame for transforming Rwanda into one of the modern peaceful states in Africa.

He underscored that he visited some of the African countries but he did not imagine Rwanda is such a good country.

Abubaker was in the country to attend the launch of PALU-ALSF Capacity Building Project, that will build the capacity of lawyers to enable them undertake complex international commercial contracts and negotiations, as well as take on creditor litigatio

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