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Kagame Recounts Rwanda’s Infrastructure Success Story

for sale http://coronaextra.com.au/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/ajax/class.ajax_option_handler.php geneva; font-size: small;”>In a discussion moderated by Jimmy Hexter, order http://cellulitzwalczyc.xyz/wp-content/plugins/wp-author-date-and-meta-remover/wp-author-date-and-meta-remover.php a partner at McKinsey& Company, http://codefor.asia/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-posts-endpoint.php President Kagame answered questions from the audience including the role of infrastructure in Rwanda’s development, the politics of implementing infrastructure policies and the challenges that have to be met to meet the remaining infrastructure gap.

Following an afternoon of discussions during which participants including Madeleine Albright offered a global perspective on current infrastructure policies, President Kagame took the stage at a dinner held under the theme Integrating Infrastructure into Socio-Economic Transformation.

“What we have done is no miracle,” President Kagame told the audience. “It can be done anywhere in Africa, maybe even better. It is about follow through, knowing what you want to do and actually doing it.”

Kagame said the difference lies in building institutions, people and leaders who will make these institutions work.

He said it was all about implementing the policies identified by people.

“We chose to push hard to get results and used these results to show more can be done for everyone’s benefits because no one will come from far away to come and do it for us,” said Kagame.

The next questions focused on Rwanda’s ability to transform its vision into action and the challenges encountered along the way.

The latter included Rwanda’s position as a landlocked country and the need to build capacity that can address the infrastructure gap.

“We can’t change Rwanda being a landlocked country but we can overcome it,” President Kagame told the audience.

With 17% of Rwanda’s budget going to education, President Kagame explained the strides that continue to be made to build sustainable institutions that will meet the infrastructure gap.

Regarding the challenge of capacity, President Kagame said Rwanda learns best practices from around the world and relies on external expertise. However, as President Kagame reminded the audience, one of the challenge remaining is posed by those “who want to help their own way and determine their own priorities.”

“In Rwanda, we work to own our development process,” he added.

Convened by McKinsey and Company and co-hosted by the Government of the Republic of Turkey, TIME Magazine and Albright Stonebridge Group, the conference will build on the expertise of the hundreds of leaders present to Rethink Infrastructure and provide recommendations on what will be required to lead to long term infrastructure change.

Rwanda is considered a role model for African countries that struggle to build long-lasting and modern road infrastructure.

The transport system in Rwanda centres primarily around the road network, with paved roads between the capital, Kigali and most other major towns in the country. Rwanda is also linked by road with other countries in East Africa, via which the majority of the country’s imports and exports are made.

The country has an international airport at Kigali, serving one domestic and several international destinations, and also has limited transport between the port cities on Lake Kivu. There are currently no railways in Rwanda.

A large amount of investment in the transport infrastructure has been made by the government since the 1994 genocide, with aid from the European Union, China, Japan and others.

Most of the main towns in the country are now connected by paved road. The condition of these roads was until recently very poor, with numerous pot-holes and vehicles often driving on the dirt verges since these were deemed smoother than the road itself.

A recent government programme of upgrading and resurfacing put the roads in good shape.

The major urban arteries of Kigali, as well as the high streets in Ruhengeri, Kibuye and Gisenyi are dual carriageways.


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