17 November 2013

Rwanda: Govt SignsU.S. $12.7 Million Agreement With Kuwait Fund

The Government of Rwanda and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) have signed a $12.7 million agreement for the construction of Munini hospital in Nyaruguru district, Southern Province.

The project aims to support the social development of the Southern Province by meeting the increasing demand for health services and improving the quality of health care services in the Nyaruguru District.

KFAED supports several projects in Rwanda, including the completed $10 million USD rehabilitated Ngororero-Mukamira road project and the $14.2 million expansion and rehabilitation of the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center, an ongoing project that aims to boost Rwanda's efforts in developing Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET).

As part of the government's efforts to move the country into a middle class economy, it has set out a road map to promote TVET skills among youth as a way of curbing un-employment and creating a skilled workforce.

The three year (2014-2017) project comprises the construction of the new 300-bed Munini District Hospital, the supply of medical and auxiliary equipment, and the consultancy services for design, supervision of construction and procurement of logistics needed for the hospital.

Speaking after the signing event, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete, noted that construction of the Munini hospital would not only bring quality health services closer to Nyaruguru sector, but would also provide employment opportunities to many nurses and doctors in the country.

"Health is one of the underlying factors in the quest for a middle income economy by 2020, and hence it's very crucial that Rwandans have access health services," Minister Gatete said.

This project will serve not only the people of Nyaruguru district but also people from the neighboring districts of Gisagara, Nyamagabe, and Huye.

Abdulwahab Ahmed Al-Bader, the director general of KFAED, acknowledged the existing cooperation between the financial institution and Rwanda. He noted Rwanda's proper use of aid and hailed its remarkable progress.

"We are ready and committed to continue to support Rwanda going forward and we are assured that the people of Rwanda will stand to benefit from this partnership," Abdulwahab Ahmed Al-Bader said.

The fund is also financing construction of Rubengera-Gisiza road, part of the Kivu Belt multinational road, with $14.4 million in financing. It is an ongoing project that, upon completion, will boost trade and tourism along the belt.

The Kivu Belt is part of the government's master plan to transform the Kivu area into one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the East and Central African region.

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