KIGALI, 13th October 2016 – The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Rwanda, HE Arnout Pauwels have today signed a financing agreement worth 18 million Euros (Rwf 16 billion) to support the health sector in Rwanda.
The grant which will be disbursed through sector budget support will contribute to the realization of Rwanda’s third Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP III), developed for the period 2012-2018.
The grant will be disbursed in two instalments of 12 and 6 million Euros for fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18, contributing to an annual increase in the allocation to the Health sector budget for the two consecutive years.
Talking on the grant, the Minister of finance and Economic Planning ,Claver Gatete said:“Our Vision 2020 focuses on the people. In this light, provision of health services is very critical. Under EDPRS 2, our focus in the health sector is to improve the quality of health care services, including the management of hospitals, while continuing to expand geographical and financial accessibility. This support will contribute to the achievement of our health sector goals.”
“The Mid Term Review of HSSP III has highlighted the great achievements made in the health sector and has underlined the importance of ensuring the sustainability and inclusiveness of the system. Belgium, being the only bilateral donor providing budget support to the health sector, we are particularly willing to contribute to the process of finding innovative ideas to meet the sector’s medium-term resource needs and ensure the sustainability of the system while maintaining equity and quality of service delivery” declared HE Arnout Pauwels, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Rwanda.
Belgium has been supporting the health sector through sector budget support since 2008. So far, 25 percent of all Belgian development aid to Rwanda is provided through sector budget support.
Besides the health sector, the Belgian cooperation program is supporting the energy sector and the decentralization process in Rwanda among other areas, contributing to the implementation of the EDPRS.