Dutch government commits to supporting Rwanda

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The Dutch government has committed funds to finance several projects in Rwanda, aimed at supporting the country’s development agenda in infrastructure development, Justice and energy.

The government of Rwanda and the Kingdom of Netherlands on August 15 signed financing agreement for the Rwanda Local Development Support Fund (RLDSF), worth €34 million.

The three year programme will contribute to volume and quality of investments by districts and mainly emphasize on infrastructure development and maintenance for districts, thus increasing food security.

The programme will focus on facilitating districts to implement the Local Economic Development (LED) targets hence improving local economic growth and advancing sustainable development.

The two countries also signed agreements on the Lake Kivu Monitoring Program Support worth € 8.9 million. These funds will be used to monitor consequences that may arise from extracting methane gas and facilitate the Lake Kivu Environmental Monitoring and Organizational Development Project (LKMP) to be an institutionally and technically strong, regional and sustainable unit.

At the same time the Dutch government also rolled out € 1million Us dollars as support fund for the justice sector of Rwanda- which will be used to facilitate the extradition and tracking of genocide fugitives around the world.

Pieter Dorst, the head of development cooperation at the Netherland Embassy said that the government of Rwanda had clearly expressed its strategy to transform the country to a middle class nation.

He also revealed that the Dutch Government is currently working on a new development cooperation agreement worth more than € 200 million that will see Rwanda receive support in various sectors.

“We are supporting all these sectors since the population is part and parcel of the transformation process and through government strategies their priorities are expressed,” said Dorst.

Rwanda Finance minister, Claver Gatete said that the support of the Kingdom of Netherland in rural development, environment and justice is crucial in Rwanda’s development endeavors and will boost the government’s plans to increase socio-economic development agenda.

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