15 February 2013

Rwanda: Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi Chairs Government Accountability Day

Kigali — In line with the government's commitment to good governance and transparency, Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi presented the government's achievements over the last quarter and shared upcoming priorities in the quarterly Accountability Day.

The presentation highlighted key achievements in good governance, the economy, health, education and social welfare sectors as well as gains in infrastructure and energy. The Prime Minister indicated that during the last quarter all 30 mayors, executive secretaries of provinces and 2,546 staff in local government were trained on good governance and service delivery.

In the economy, Prime Minister Habumuremyi said that foreign investments during the last quarter totaled $426,132,899. He revealed that out of the 477 projects from the Hanga Umurimo program submitted to banks, 221 among them received grants from different banks totaling FRW 4,952,666,043. In the same manner, the number of ATMs across the country increased from 250 to 390 and point of sale (PoS) machines increased from 256 to 440.

As for the health sector, the Prime Minister said the last quarter saw the construction of new facilities in Kinihira, Nkwongwe and Bushenge. As well, 18 new ambulances have been distributed to different hospitals.

During last quarter, up to 41,492 poor families received emergency support totaling RWF 1,573,380,281. As well, 140,907 cows were distributed to poor families. In addition, 507 children, some from orphanages and others who were taken off the street, were adopted by various families.

By December 2012, 1,725 schools for the 12 year basic education system were built. Up to 15,561 laptops were distributed to 9 schools from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program bringing the number of laptops distributed so far to 161,732.

Over the last three months, the number of Rwandans who registered land reached 2,000,000. In addition, 237 genocide survivors were helped reclaim their property.

In agriculture, during the last quarter, crop production of maize, beans, Irish potatoes reached 102% totaling 3,375,185 tones. In addition, up to 731,823ha of land was consolidated. New coffee plants on 48,920ha as well as tea plantations went from 22,000 to 22,408.

In the last quarter, community work (umuganda) valued at RWF 5,657,227,265 was organized in communities across the country.

Infrastructure and energy sectors also gained momentum with electricity rollout covering about 40,000 households in the last quarter. An increase of 5.6MW is expected from the ongoing construction of Nshili I, Nyirabuhombohombo, Mukungwa II, Gashashi and Rukarara II power plants. This will complement the 400KW electricity increase registered during the last quarter from Janja and Nyabahanga power plants.

The construction and reparation of roads has also stepped up in the last three months, including the Kigali-Gatuna highway linking Rwanda to Uganda through Gatuna boarder.

More than 200 households have been introduced to biogas. Nyakiliba prison is expected to get its own operational biogas facility soon.

Further, the Prime Minister said that repair work to Kigali International Airport will be extended to Kamembe and Butare airports. He also indicated that Rwandair bought a new airplane for a total of six in its fleet. The airline also plans to purchase another plane soon. PM Habumuremyi also pointed out that Rwandair extended its flight routes during the last quarter.

On the international scene, Prime Minister Habumuremyi reminded that Rwanda was elected as a non-permanent member to the United Nations Security Council for two years and that Rwanda is supporting efforts to find a solution to DRC crisis.

As for upcoming priorities, the Prime Minister revealed that the government will focus on mining, infrastructure and energy, agriculture mechanisation, health, education and ICT.

The Prime Minister concluded by emphasizing that accountability remains one of the key principles of good governance in Rwanda. Leaders should inform the public in a transparent manner how different government programs are being implemented as well as sharing upcoming Government priorities in order to increase citizen participation and ownership.

After the presentation, there was a discussion with those who tuned in via traditional and social media.

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