Rwanda

Government announces three year development plan


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Rwanda’s Prime Minister Anastase Murekazi has laid out a three year development plan to parliament following the recent Cabinet reshuffle by President Paul Kagame.

Some of the main points of the programme are:

• 80% of Rwandans to have access to banking services
• Access to loans will be increased from 15.6 percent to 20.2 percent
• An increase in health access
• Electricity for all citizens with the supply increasing from 119 MW to 563MW
• Access to clean water to rise from 45% of the population today to 100%
• Access to electricity will increase from 21% to 70%
• Construction and rehabilitation of the major road networks
• Providing full infrastructure capacity at the Kigali Special Economic zone (KSEZ)
• Developing an industrial master plan
• Speeding up the northern corridor projects especially the regional rail line
• ICT cross border connectivity
• ICT will be used to improve education with more laptops for children and 50% use of e-learning programs in secondary schools and universities
• The government wants to be in the top three African countries for doing business
• The government wants to increase Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from 2% to 4.5% in three years.

You can read the full speech in Kinyarwanda with its 242 points of policy here.

The government press release announcing the development plan as published on the government website is as follows:

“Prime Minister presents Government priority programmes to Parliament

Kigali 4 August, 2014

The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Anastase Murekazi today presented the Government Programmes to both houses of Parliament. Article 118 of the Constitution stipulates that the Prime Minister shall present Government programmes to Parliament within a period of thirty (30) days after assuming office. This presentation comes after his recent appointment by President Paul Kagame on 23 July 2014.

The Prime Minister said that the Government Programmes are based on the National Vision 2020 as well as the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2).

“The Government Programmes have four major pillars: governance, justice, economic development and social welfare,’ he said.

In the Governance sector, the Prime Minister said that the Government would continue to fight against any form of discrimination as well as corruption. He added that Rwanda aims to be among the top ten less corrupt countries globally.

The Prime Minister also said that the Government will improve the agriculture sector by increasing the quantity and quality of Rwanda’s traditional agricultural exports of coffee, tea, and pyrethrum by 10 per cent every year and a target of 30 per cent annually increase in exports of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Farmers will also have additional access to loans as the government targets increased financing for agriculture projects.

The government will also continue to develop the manufacturing sector with a targeted 12 per cent annual growth to be translated into 20 per cent contribution to the GDP, from 15 per cent today.

Electricity generation will continue to be a high priority with an increase in grid capacity from the current 119 MW to 563MW by 2017.

The Prime Minister reiterated that the Government will continue to put social protection programmes on the top of the agenda. He pledged that programmes such as the One-Cow-per-poor-family and the universal coverage of Mutuelle de Santé health insurance scheme will be maintained and expanded.”

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