Rwanda Water Sector Opened for Business

The Government of Rwanda has called for increased private investment in the country’s water sector, ed Chimp Corps report.

The call came as Rwanda joined the international community on Tuesday to celebrate World Water Day.

With a focus on water and jobs, this year’s World Water Day was a chance to raise awareness about the importance of water for sustainable development and job creation and highlight how water and jobs interact to transform people’s lives.

To mark the occasion, an exhibition and conference was held at the University of Rwanda’s Nyarugenge Campus.

The conference brought together academics, policy makers and practitioners to discuss water monitoring and management and how to boost investment in the water sector and encourage job creation.

Rwanda also launched an Integrated Water Resource Management Programme called ‘Water for Growth’, financed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

A water treatment plant was inaugurated in Muhanga District and across the country, communities joined hands to plant trees to protect rivers and water catchment areas.

“There are enormous investment opportunities in the water sector. It is an area where the private sector can invest and both business and the community benefit. Rwanda is under-utilising its water resources and the private sector has an important role in creating jobs and contributing to our green growth ambitions,” said Dr Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources.

Celebrations are taking place throughout the week and bringing together key ministries, including the Ministry of Infrastructure, and affiliated agencies involved in water and sustainable development, development partners, civil society, the private sector, regional water organisations as well as the general public.


Rwanda currently has water availability per capita of 670 m3 per annum, which is below the standard threshold of 1,000 m3 per annum.

While the country is endowed with significant water resources, these are currently under utilised and much water is lost through evaporation.

Officials said Rwanda is working to develop its water resources for irrigation, domestic water supply, industry and preserve its valuable ecosystems.

Rwanda’s goal is to provide clean water to 100 percent of the population by 2020.


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