KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudan and Rwanda on Thursday agreed to unite their efforts to seek peaceful
solutions for the issues of the African continent and combat terrorism and
was struck when Rwandan President Paul Kagame concluded his official two-day
visit to Sudan.
The two sides
issued a joint communique in which they vowed to work together to enhance joint
cooperation in all fields.
historical and deeply-rooted ties with Rwanda,” said Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
at a joint press conference with Kagame in Khartoum.
commended the participation of Rwanda in the United Nations-African Union
Mission in Darfur.
For his part,
Kagame also expressed hope that the two countries would continue working
together to further boost ties.
countries have challenges with similarities in origin, but we have gone through
all that and made progress to date,” he said at the press conference.
Kagame arrived in Khartoum on an official visit to Sudan at the invitation of
World Bank to support Rwanda social protection
system for vulnerable groups
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- The
World Bank and the Rwandan government signed 80 million U.S. dollars financing
agreement Thursday to support the effectiveness of Rwanda’s social protection
system, notably Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP), for targeted vulnerable
citizens in abject poverty with work opportunities in public projects while
elderly or disabled citizens are given cash handouts.
Strengthening Social Protection Project (SSPP) of the World Bank will help
expand the coverage and improve the effectiveness of the VUP thus increasing the
number of households receiving income support, said a statement released by
Rwanda’s finance ministry.
It will also
expand the number of working days for public works, which will effectively
increase the size of transfers households receive, said the ministry.
said the project will extend eligibility criteria for direct support to more
labor-constrained households, including vulnerable households with people caring
for disabled members.
also introduce a gender and child sensitive expanded public works model to
provide more accessible jobs to those ineligible for direct support but still
with labor constraints, including caring for young children, it further said.
started building an integrated social protection system to ensure a minimum
standard of living and access to core public services, boost resilience to
shocks, promote equitable growth, and strengthen opportunity through increased
human capital development, said Rwandan finance minister Claver Gatete in the
will benefit vulnerable households primarily in social stratification category
one (Ubudehe Category 1) living in the 416 VUP direct support targeted
geographical sectors, the 300 geographical sectors targeted for expanded public
works as well as 270 geographical sectors targeted for classic public works,
according to the finance ministry.