Germany Pledges Euro 60m Aid For Rwanda


cure geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>He made the remarks during a Monday press briefing that winded up his two day visit to Rwanda where he visited German funded projects.

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‘‘What my eyes saw is an indication that whatever kind of aid Rwanda receives is used responsibly because all sectors of development are moving at a fast pace,’’ said Hon. Niebel.

Commenting on Rwanda’s social-economic development in recent years, he said that Rwanda can be considered a driving force in the economic and political integration of the Great Lakes region.

“In its development strategy, Rwanda is counting on growth and promotion of the private sector which has proven to be successful. German development cooperation with Rwanda is supporting this successful path by programs that are designed to ensure that growth is benefiting the poorest.”

Partnering with Germany

Rwanda receives funding from Germany in the areas of decentralization, employment, education mainly through Technical, Vocational and Education Training (TVET).

Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Ambassador Claver Gatete said that Germany also provides support in public finance management. “Given Germany is also a board member of key global financial institutions like the World Bank, they facilitate our access to finances by those institutions which facilitates progress.’’

In the current development cooperation phase (2012-2014), Germany pledged EUR 60 million to Rwanda of which EUR 41.5 million was earmarked for financial cooperation and EUR 18.5 million for technical cooperation.

Long history of Cooperation

Economic cooperation with Germany began in 1962 and Germany has disbursed EUR 700 million in development cooperation to Rwanda so far. Germany was one of the first countries to re-establish cooperation after the genocide in 1994.

Development programmes are implemented in Rwanda through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the KfW Development Bank.

In addition, Deutsche Welle (DW) radio has been broadcasting in Kigali for the last 40 years.


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