The agreement had been signed today between, Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, Rwanda’s Minister of Finance Economic Planning and Imai Masahiro, the Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda.
The grant will be used by the Government of Rwanda to procure an advanced Automated Fingerprint Identification System for Criminal Investigation (Criminal AIFS) which will contribute to improve Rwanda’s crime investigation capacity and to enhance accuracy and efficiency of investigations. This system is also expected to strengthen the ability of Rwanda’s counter terrorism and public security.
Commenting on the development, Minister Ndagijimana said : “Peace and Security is the bedrock unto which Rwanda’s socio-economic development aspirations are anchored on. Japan’s support through provision of the advanced technology of Criminal Automated Fingerprint Identification System will contribute to law enforcement in the country.”
Ambassador Imai expressed delight for the agreement meant to amplify ’Rwanda’s tremendous efforts towards peace and stability with the advanced ICT such as Criminal AIFS’.
"As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of friendship between Japan and Rwanda throughout this year, we are more determined to continue to work with the Government of Rwanda to realize sustainable peace and stability for the society,” he said.
“I am assured that this project will successfully showcase Rwanda’s commitment and a leading role in Africa in such important areas as peace, security, and stability as well as ICT,” added Amb. Imai.
Isabelle Kalihangabo, the Deputy Secretary General of Rwanda Investigative Bureau said that successful crime investigation does not only require skills but also the right equipment.
He underscored that the availability of Automated Fingerprint Identification System for Criminal Investigation will support criminal investigators to accurately and efficiently execute their duties.
The bilateral cooperation between Rwanda and Japan has significantly improved over the years in priority areas such as ; Water and Sanitation, Agriculture, Energy and Transport.