Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Tuesday presented the government’s 7-year programme and National Strategy for Transformation in Parliament. The programme is based on the economic, social and governance pillars.
“Regarding economic transformation: we will create 1.5 million jobs. We will put in place a mechanism to support at least one model income and employment-generating project in each village (umudugugu). We will also continue to promote the ‘Made in Rwanda’ brand working with the private sector to recapture at least $400 million of imports by 2024,” he said.
“We will double tourism revenues to $800 million by 2024 from $404 million in 2016. We will also scale up our mining sector by completing exploration of potential mineral areas to establish the extent of national resources and reserves, in terms of quantity and quality with the aim of exporting $800 million by 2020 and $1.5 billion annually by 2024,” Ngirente added.
The Prime Minister said that in order to reduce the cost of doing business and facilitate trade and transport across the country, 3,000km of feeder roads will be rehabilitated and 800 km of national asphalt roads will be built.
The Prime Minister reiterated that making access to quality healthcare easier is a top priority for the government and one of the main components of the social transformation pillar of the 7-year programme. In this context, the 17 remaining sectors without a health centre will be provided for, and 150 new health posts will be constructed. This will reduce the doctor-patient ration to one per 7,000 inhabitants (now 10,055), and result in one nurse per 800 people (now 1,142) and one midwife per 2,500 (now 4,037).
Regarding access to utilities, the Prime Minister promised universal access to electricity and water, from respectively 34.5% and 85% today.
“Access to sanitation will be also be scaled up from 84% (2016) to 100%, and waste management systems will be developed in cities, towns and rural areas,” Ngirente remarked.
On the governance pillar, the Prime Minister reiterated that there will be a special focus on an efficient, smart, accountable and service-delivery oriented public service. In this regard, he said that all public services will be delivered online by 2024, compared to 40% today. District should increase revenue collection capacity to finance their development needs by focusing on local economic development and reforming laws on locally administered taxes.
The 7-year programme has taken into account views from the citizens collected through public consultations around the country. It also captures the RPF Presidential Manifesto; presidential pledges made during the election campaign; key priority lines as elaborated in the President’s inaugural speech on 18 August 2017 as well as his speech during the swearing-in of the new cabinet.
The programme also includes elements from EDPRS 2 (2013-2018), Vision 2020, Vision 2050, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), African Union’s Agenda 2063 as well as the East African Community’s Vision 2050.
You can read the full program here (in Kinyarwwanda)