The Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi, yesterday, unveiled the newly constructed Regional Centre of Excellence, a coordination facility for African security organs in responding to Gender Based Violence and child abuse.
The centre located in the vicinity of Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters comes as the accomplishment of one of the resolution of Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD) member states, who unanimously agreed to establish the coordination office in Kigali.
It was built at a tune of over Rwf745 million courtesy of the World Bank support.
It will act as a regional centre for research, data collection, documentation and training, among others.
While officially inaugurating the centre, the Prime Minister called it a “strong tool for cooperation between African countries in the fight against Gender Based Violence and Child Abuse.”
While thanking all those who contributed to the establishment of the centre, the Premier called for its effective utilisation for the realisation of the desired results.”
He particularly thanked the World Bank and the UN family for the support towards the establishment of the facility.
“The beautiful infrastructure is ready; we now need to maximise its use to ensure that we explore it to its full potential… to boost Africa’s security organs’ collaborative effort in ending violence against women and girls.”
He called upon KICD member countries to avail their experts and “provide full support towards full operationalisation of the centre.”
The inauguration was also also attended by top government officials including ministers; Esperance Nyirasafari of Gender and Family Promotion and Gen. James Kabarebe of Defense, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana.
The exercise was also witnessed by representatives from security organs across the continent, development partners and civil society, among others.
The three-block facility includes a training, administration and conference blocks.