KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- The
Rwandan government on Tuesday outlined development priority areas within the
next seven years as the country focuses on fast tracking toward middle income
the government’s development strategy up to 2024, Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard
Ngirente told the parliament that country seeks to achieve middle income status
He said the
government plans to boost agriculture production by scaling up mechanized
farming operations from the current 25 percent to 50 percent, increasing
irrigated land surface from the current 48,508 hectares to 102,284 hectares by
addition for the agriculture sector will continue to be a priority especially
through irrigation and marshland development, he added.
regional trade, Rwanda’s dry port will be built and operationalized in Kigali
special economic zone,” Ngirente said. “In the special economic zone, we shall
set up the Kigali Innovation City, in the bid to promote a knowledge-based
He said the
government continues to encourage science education whereby in the seven years,
80 percent of students in tertiary institutions will be offering sciences.
sanitation, the government will embark on implementing Kigali Centralized
Sewerage System and Fecal Sludge Treatment Plant, and roll out sanitation
services to 100 percent coverage, up from current 84 percent, Ngirente said.
In the next
seven years, the small central African country will increase electricity
production both on and off grid to ensure that all households have electricity
by 2024, from the current 22 percent.
minister told legislators that child mortality will be reduced to 35 in every
1000 children, from the current 50 for every 1,000 children aged under five
within the next seven years.
services will be scaled up to ensure that maternal mortality rate drops further
to 126 in 100,000 people, down from 210 in every 100,000 people, he said.
government targets to create over 1.5 million off-farm jobs by 2024 whereby
student’s enrolment in technical vocational education training will rise to 60
percent, from the current 46 percent, he said.
government also aims to generate 400 million U.S. dollars from producing more
locally made products through enhanced “Made in Rwanda” campaign and to narrow
continue to grow our air transport by increasing RwandAir routes, completing the
first phase of Bugesera Airport and expanding Kamembe airport,” said Ngirente.
“We are targeting to make Rwanda a regional tourist and commercial hub.”
targets to double its GDP growth from the current 5.4 percent to more than 10
percent so the country could reach upper middle income status by 2035, he said.
economic pillars that include tourism, manufacturing, retail and wholesale and
mining are also projected to deliver above 10 percent of GDP growth under the
a 2017 World Bank report, Rwanda has the potential to be one of Africa’s great
success stories, given its a dynamic social and economic transformation.
Urbanization of African cities puts pressure on
waste management: experts
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rapidly increasing urbanization of African cities has placed significant
pressure on the continent’s economies in terms of solid waste management which
requires the adoption of appropriate technologies, most of which are not readily
available in Africa, experts said Tuesday in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.
an interactive session dubbed “Papers on Solid Waste Management and Liquid Waste
Management” on the sidelines of the 2nd edition of Africa Engineering
Conference, panelists pointed out that the inability of African countries to
make efficient use of their waste through re-use poses a serious challenge to
waste disposal on the continent.
the conference from Sept. 25 to 29 under the theme “Effective Waste Management
in Africa,” which focuses more on promoting professional engineering in Africa
to drive infrastructure growth.
countries need to adopt a set of appropriate technologies that will assist them
to convert waste into re-usable assets. Total system planning, which involves
developing the most suitable mix of infrastructure and services to manage the
solid waste,” said Aime Muzola, CEO of Rwanda’s Water and Sanitation Corporation
He added that
the refusal of common waste management practices in Africa by environmentalists
has made the disposal of various waste streams in the cities a lot more
meeting, participants pointed out that poorly built storm-water drains in most
African cities are frequently clogged by solid waste, leading to flooding and
water contamination, posing a health risk to urban dwellers.
the World Bank, the worlds’ cities in 2012 generated 1.3 billion tons of solid
waste, amounting to 1.2 kilograms per person per day.
population growth and urbanization around the world, municipal waste generation
is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tons by 2025.
conference was organized by Rwanda’s ministry of infrastructure in collaboration
with the Institute of Engineering Rwanda and Federation of Africa Engineering
Organizations. It has attracted about 1,000 delegates, including government
officials, consultants, and civil society in general together with local,
regional and international engineers, according to organizers.
African engineering summit highlights women’s
role in science, engineering
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Experts on Tuesday advised African countries to encourage more women to
participate in science, engineering and other fields where gender imbalance
speaking at a panel session on women in science and engineering in Africa during
the 2nd edition of Africa Engineering Conference that kicked off on
Monday in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali.
central African country hosts the continental engineering summit from September
25 to 29 dubbed “Effective Waste Management in Africa” which focuses on
promoting professional engineering in Africa to drive infrastructure growth.
“We need to
make science and engineering education more attractive to women,” said Valerie
Agberagba, Chairperson of Women in Engineering Standing Committee of World
Federation of Engineering organizations (WFEO’s).
that on average, only 30 percent of science roles throughout the world are held
by women, and that imbalance is direr in Africa.
engineering will create diversity because challenges and opportunities globally
can not be tackled from just a male point of view alone and women bring with
them a necessary advantage. Let’s make it a priority for being gender sensitive
in science and engineering courses for the prosperity of Africa,” said Agberagba.
session argued that among the reasons for Africa’s limited number of women in
science and engineering is the lack of access to education by girls and women.
conference has attracted about 1,000 delegates including government officials,
consultants, and civil society together with local, regional and international
engineers, according to organizers.
“If we fail
to include more women in the science and technology sectors, we may miss out on
untapped potential in female specie,” said Christine Gasingirwa, Director
General in charge of Science and Technology at the Rwanda Ministry of Education.
that encouraging young female students into science and engineering disciplines
was key to increasing the number of skilled people available to address
infrastructure development challenges across Africa.