The MoU signed yesterday in Kigali by the CEO of REG, Ron Weiss and his counterpart of ZESA, Dr Sidney Z. Gata was also witnessed by the Minister of Infrastructure, Amb. Claver Gatete and the Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Rwanda, Prof. Charity Manyeruke.
The signed MoU provides a framework of cooperation and aims at laying the foundation for the establishment of a business understanding leading to the signing of the energy partnership infrastructure implementation agreements between both parties.
The MoU is signed following a visit by officials and engineers from Zimbabwe who have been in Rwanda witnessing the country’s achievements in electricity distribution.
Amb. Gatete explained that the MoU reinforces bilateral relations that it is in the framework of cooperating to promote both countries.
He further stressed that Zimbabwe has come to learn from Rwanda’s experience where officials visited various electricity infrastructure including Shango substation.
Among others, Amb. Gatete said that signed MoU seeks to assess how concerned parties can collaboratively address citizens’ problems.
“They want to emulate a lot witnessed and requested to foster cooperation on both sides. This will serve as the foundation for improved services rendered to citizens,” he said.
Ambassador Manyeruke highlighted that the MoU is centered on cordial diplomatic and economic relations that have deepened roots.
Rwanda and Zimbabwe enjoy existing cordial relations. Rwanda has an ambassador representing its interests in Zimbabwe and vice versa.
In 2017, RwandAir started flights to Harare in Zimbabwe.
Rwanda reports over 56% households with access to electricity of which 41.3% are connected to the main grid while 15.4% use solar energy.
The government of Rwanda targets universal electricity access by 2024.