This Thursday 15th December, all roads will lead to the Parliamentary buildings as the nation once again comes together for the annual national dialogue commonly known as Umushyikirano.
The 9th of its kind, the 2011 National Dialogue is to bring together central and local government leaders, the civil society, diplomatic corps, the private sector as well ordinary citizens and Rwandans from Diaspora.
According to the Minister of Cabinet Affairs Protais Musoni, this year’s national dialogue will act as a platform to assess the country’s progress as well as lay new strategies that will guide the country towards a fast-tracked development path.
“This year’s National Dialogue will take place between 15th and 16th December and it will be an opportunity for us to handle issues which are of importance to the well being of Rwandans,”
“We will also use this opportunity to evaluate the progress in the implementation of the recommendations from last year’s dialogue and the goals we set for ourselves. The President of the Republic is expected to guide the discussion,” Musoni said in an interview with IGIHE.com.
Minister Musoni said that the full programme to cover the two-days is yet to be released but noted that it is expected to be highly interactive will Rwandans and non-Rwandans participating on phones and online.
“It is going to be highly interactive. Rwandans will participate through phone calls, text messages and online forums where the dialogues will be streaming live. It will also be live on the National TV and on several radio stations and websites,” Musoni said.
It should be noted that last year over 100, 000 Rwandans participated by calling in on a live call-in telephone line and a direct SMS line as well as on internet. The dialogue was also streamed live, especially for Rwandans in the Diaspora on http://www.umushyikirano.gov.rw/ and www.orinfor.gov.rw.
Musoni said that this year the number is expected to increase as more and more Rwandans gain access to internet and mobile phones.
The Cabinet Affairs Minister noted that the Prime Minister is expected to present a report on the implementations of the resolutions adopted during the 8th dialogue in the areas of the economy, good governance and social welfare.
Pertinent among the issues raised last year was the implementation of the anti-Nyakatsi programme, a government initiative to eliminate grass-thatched houses which had raised eye brows over the procedure used and the mismanagement of the resources set aside for the programme.
Also major among the issues raised was the performance and progress of Umurenge SACCO programme which was yet to attract a large membership base.
It was resolved that leaders, at all levels, mobilise people to join the programme which is aimed at encouraging the saving culture. Also touched were issues affecting the agriculture sector as well as 12 Year Basic Education.
The National Dialogue is mandated by the 2003 Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda. It is convened by the Head of State, bringing together all major stakeholders in nation building. The first was held in 2003.
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