Netherlands grants Rwanda €4M for electricity boost

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Netherlands grants Rwanda €4M for electricity boost

Netherlands Ambassador to Rwanda Leoni Cuelenaere and Permanent Secretary and Secretary to Treasury Kampeta Sayinzoga sign the grant

Netherlands and the government of Rwanda signed a €4m, (approximately Frw3.5 billion) grant to support the Electricity Access Rollout Program (EARP) in Rwanda.

The funds are expected to connect 5, 200 households to electricity, which represents 2 per cent of the total households.

The project is expected to kick off on December 1, 2013 and be completed by June 30, 2014.

Speaking after the signing ceremony on November 21, 2013 the Netherlands Ambassador to Rwanda , Leoni Cuelenaere noted that Rwanda is a country with a vision and a plan so the Netherlands wants to be part of the development process.

Today’s signing takes Netherlands’ overall contribution to EARP to €33.9 m, approximately 30 billion since 2009.

The Permanent Secretary and Secretary to Treasury Kampeta Sayinzoga noted that Energy is Key for Rwanda if it is to achieve its ambitious development goals.

“As we all know, energy is a key component for industrial growth. Also energy plays a significant role in the creation of Job opportunities especially among the youth,” Sayinzoga said.

Currently only 16 percent of households are connected to electricity. However Government plans to have 70 percent of the households connected to electricity by 2017/18.

The move comes after Rwanda’s Prime Minister, Dr Pierre Damien Habumuremyi on November, 2013 revealed the country’s planned development activities in the 2013/2014 financial year, among them electricity increment— by 100 megawatts, that is, from 110.8 MW to 210.8 MW.

Apart from EARP support Netherlands is also a key partner in Private Sector, Justice, Decentralization—support to Rwanda Local Development Support Fund (RLSDF) and The Common Development Fund (CDF) and water and sanitation.

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