Senior Government officials and development partners today convened in Rubavu district for the thirteenth annual Development Partners Retreat (DPR), to discuss Rwanda’s development plans and priorities for medium and long term.
Held under the theme; ‘effective cooperation for sustainable development’, the senior-level two days retreat brought together stakeholders in Rwanda’s development to review and discuss progress in implementing the EDPR2 including plans to develop EPDRS3.
In his remarks, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete noted that government was working on new long term development plans as the current ones such as Vision 2020, EDPRS2 and 7 year government program are coming to an end.
“As we turn our focus our long term objectives that will be enshrined in Vision 2050 as well as midterm plans such as EDPRS3 and the new 7 year government program, we need to identify where to concentrate our financial resources, maximize our capacity and involve private sector to attract development. Private sector to play role,” Minister Gatete said.
World Bank country manager Yasser El Gammal noted the role played by public and private sector investments in sustaining social gains that Rwanda has achieved over the years. He underscored the critical role the private sector in Rwanda’s development course going forward and what it could do in the manufacturing sector to fix balance of payment.
“One thing is becoming increasingly clear: now more than ever, the role of private sector has become central in development of any country. Public sector can contribute to development up to a certain point but private sector has to lead and continue the growth trajectory that this country has led,” Mr. Yasser El Gammal pointed out.
The 2017 Development Partners Retreat discussions will focus on Rwanda’s Vision 2050 Perspective and EDPRS3 roadmap, National plans and priorities for fiscal year 2017/2018, financial sector development and partnerships for sustainable development focusing on domestic resource mobilization.
The DPR which takes place annually is chaired by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and co-chaired by representatives of the Development Partners.