Kigali, 14 May 2015
President Kagame today received the World Bank Group Managing Director, Sri Mulyani Indrawat who is in the country for a three-day visit. The visit is aimed at deepening partnership between the World Bank and the Government of Rwanda in fighting poverty.
The World Bank Managing Director told press after the meeting:
“We have a very good partnership and program with Rwanda because as you know, this country is a very unique situation because they have tried to move ahead in terms of eradicating poverty and share prosperity. The discussions with the President were about trying to do more to support the fight against poverty by harmonizing the key areas in line with Rwanda’s vision to become a middle income nation. We also talked about urbanization which is an area that always creates opportunities as well as challenges for middle income nations hence Rwanda needs to plan ahead for sustainability.”
The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete said the fact that Rwanda has been able to receive top ranking officials of the World Bank in a period of two years is indicative of a thriving partnership between Rwanda and the Bank.
“In the last twenty years, the World Bank has invested a significant amount of funds in key areas of the economy of this country. In addition to this, the Bank has put in place a fund that facilitates other partners to contribute for specific programs in Rwanda and the region.”
The Managing Director commenced her visit yesterday by visiting Rubavu Boarder to witness the cross-border trade. She also visited sites where Rwanda is conducting Land and Water Husbandry in Western Rwanda.