Government of Rwanda and European Union sign further development cooperation package of €89 million for Rwanda (07/05/2012)
The European Union (EU) will provide additional funding for its cooperation programme with Rwanda under the 10th European Development Fund for a total of €89 million. The funds have been agreed after a mid-term review of the country strategy earlier on and a Millennium Development Goals initiative launched by the European Commission at the UN summit in New York in September 2010.
Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, John Rwangombwa, said that the additional funding supports Rwanda and the European Union’s cooperation. “Partnerships like the one we have with the EU is fundamental in achieving the broad based economic transformation that we continue to see here in Rwanda. As we get closer to reaching the Millennium Development Goals, we continue to structure our economic plans that will show the largest level of change for our entire nation.”
Both the Rwandan Government and the EU have decided to use the funds in the fight against poverty and notably to address Millennium Development Goal 1c (Fight against hunger).
"With the approval of these funds, we increase our original multi-annual programme for the years 2008-2013 by 30% which is quite significant. Rwanda is worldwide among the top ten countries for which the EU has decided to increase their funding by almost one third. This is due to the exemplary progress Rwanda made in recent years in good governance, sustainable development and the fight against poverty and hunger. We are committed to support the Government of Rwanda in its fight against malnutrition with a three pronged approach: to address (1) the production of food, (2) access to food and (3) nutritional aspects", said Michel Arrion, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation in Rwanda on the occasion of the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning on May 7, 2012.
The funds will be used in three different programmes and integrally channelled through the Government budget. The increase of food production will be supported by topping-up the EU's programme to decentralised agriculture with a further € 20 million in the form of sector budget support. Access to food will be supported by a new sector budget support programme for rural feeder roads to the tune of € 40 million. Finally, nutritional aspects will be tackled with an addendum to the general budget support programme to fund the Government Nutrition Programme. Partners in establishing progress in the programmes will be the Ministries of Agriculture, Infrastructure and Health.
As Michel Arrion mentioned: "The fact that all funds are spent exclusively through the Government budget shows our trust in a Government which is highly committed to its development agenda and which has established a regular dialogue with all budget support donors – actually happening on this May 7 - on an extensive review of the progress of its Economic Development and Poverty Reduction strategy (EDPRS)."
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