Belgium has donated 10 million Euro (Rwf 8.7 billion) to the government of Rwanda to expand electricity connectivity and maintenance in East and Western Province.
The agreements have been signed between Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN), Amb. ClaverGatete and Belgium ambassador to Rwanda Pauwels Arnout.
The funding is part of Belgium commitment to supporting Rwanda in various development programs. The latter is expected to expand electricity among citizens,government institutions from Kirehe, Ngoma, Kayonza, Rwamagana and Nyagatare in Eastern province.
Part of the fund will also be allocated to boost electricity in Rubavu district of Western Province from KV 6.6 to KV 30 and rehabilitating transmission lines.
The government of Rwanda will also provide 2 million Euro for these projects.
The fund will also be used to build capacity of Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) employees. Belgium ambassador in Rwanda, Pauwels Arnout has expressed delight for their involvement in enhancing Rwanda’s progress.
“We have agreed with Rwanda to play a role in boosting electricity as one of the development paths. Electricity benefits are vital for economic development as they feed into other activities. We want to catalyze these transformations through using electricity and Biogas,” he said.
The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Amb. Claver Gatete has commended Belgium for continued support in various development programs adding that the support will help to address challenges in energy sector from across the country.
“We know that we have electricity but we still face varied challenges which we have to solve. We have also thought about other alternatives of using solar power to increase connectivity. This is why we are glad for the support,” he said.