The signing ceremony took place in Kigali on Wednesday between Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Amb. Claver Gatete and the Director General of AfDB in EAC, Gabriel Negatu .
A total of $171 million of the loan will go to water distribution and sanitation programmes while $84 million will go to skills and business development.
“On water programmes, the loan will be used in rehabilitation and expansion of water networks in Kigali City and the country’s secondary cities. Construction and rehabilitation of Nzove water treatment plant so that it can produce more 35,000m3 to meet Kigali demand,” said Minister Gatete.
“Also the loan will help construct the 2nd phase of Gihira II water treatment plant so that it wproduces 15,000m3 per day and rehabilitation of water networks in six secondary cities of Musanze, Rubavu, Nyagatare, Huye and Rusizi,” Gatete added.
A total of 1.1million people will benefit from clean water as 475,000 people will benefit from sanitation programmes.
Chief Executive Officer for Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC), Aimé Muzola, said that the deal is in line with Rwanda’s target to achieve 100% clean water access by 2024.
“The funds will be used in constructing water networks because in most parts, network connections are outdated and in some areas, cities have been expanded and the level of supply do not satisfy consumers,” Muzola said adding that the most populated areas will be prioritized.
Trade and Industry Minister, Vincent Munyeshyaka said that there is an area that will be developed for Made in Rwanda with the target to empower local companies to be able to compete internationally.
“When you see the vision of industry development in Rwanda, it requires Rwandans to have particular technologies and skills to produce different products,” he said
AfDB’s Negatu said that he is optimistic that the loan will contribute to the improvement of lives of Rwandans. He said the attained development in the country was not from donation, but it is from good resources management.