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Beligian Government Injects $10M in Rwanda’s Energy Sector

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Rwandan Finace Minister with the Belgian Ambassador after signing the agreement
Rwandan Finace Minister with the Belgian Ambassador after signing the agreement

    By: Emmanuel Nkangura

  • Feb 17,2017
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Rwanda has received a grant worth $10million (Approximately 8.7billion Rwandan francs) from  the Beligian kingdom meant to boost the country’s energy sector.

Through this financial support, the Western district of Rubavu will benefit from the grant whereby its energy networks will be upgraded from 6.kv to 30kv,an upgrade that will feature 10 cabins in the district.

Apart from Rubavu, the Eastern province will also enjoy the upgrade in the energy network from phase 1 to phase 3 of the energy network of a 200km mv network.

Rwanda’s energy group boss, Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza said the grant will support and improve the reliable on-grid electricity services for households and fulfill the governments project schemed in the northern corridor agreements building the capacity of electricity development .

Ambassador Claver Gatete, Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning underscored that energy is crucial for the country’s development in both social economic wellbeing of Rwandans.

“Rwanda is focused on seeing the sufficiency of energy in the country increase by making good use of the grants and other measures taken to promote the capacity of energy used in the country,” he added.

Pauwel Arnout  the Belgian ambassador in Rwanda said Belgian kingdom is happy to support the vision of Rwanda in as far as providing sufficient energy is concerned hence injecting 10million dollars in the sector.

He added; “Belgium is in full cooperation with Rwanda to make sure that everything that built is digitalized and accessed country wide.”

The kingdom of Belgium has been a longtime partner to Rwanda, providing support in energy and health sectors.

The total grant envelope to Rwanda from Belgium totals to 49million euros to the energy sector split over 4 interventions including improvement of reliable and cost effective electricity services, capacity building, development of forest management and woody biomass energy along with private sector participation in energy generation.

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