UK development Secretary visits MINECOFIN, discusses development cooperation agenda

Posted on 20.06.2013

The British Secretary of State for International development Justine Greening today visited the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning as part of her two day visit to Rwanda.
In a meeting which focused on development cooperation agenda, the Minister of finance and economic planning Ambassador Claver Gatete appreciated UK ongoing support in agriculture, education, climate change, financial sector and land reforms.
He reiterated Rwanda - UK partnership principles of poverty reduction, public financial management, upholding Human Rights, and promoting domestic accountability.
The meeting also discussed ways in which the UK can support Rwanda in facilitating trade with in the Region.  Minister Gatete encouraged UK to support the Second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2) by focusing on growth strategies.
Greening who is on her first visit to Rwanda as Development Secretary  said she was in the country to understand Rwanda’s strategic orientation with a focus on EDPRS2 and Rwanda’s exports.
During the same meeting, the two discussed skills development as an important aspect to achieve EDPRS goals and where UK’s support can be effective.
Rwanda is has a long term partnership agreement with the UK, covering a ten year period (2006-2016). The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in February 2006 and with it the UK agreed to provide Rwanda development assistance worth at least £46 million per year until 2016.

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