Rwanda’s Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Ambassador Claver Gatete, has been honoured as "Finance Minister of the Year" at the African Bankers Awards in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.
In bestowing upon him the award, Gatete was recognised for spearheading and conducting prudent macroeconomic policies and reforms in the financial sector.
His actions according, to a statement, “have shown skills and dexterity to create the conditions of an appealing investment climate.”
The awards, which were held for the ninth time, took place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on the sidelines of the ongoing African Development Bank Annual Meetings.
Minister Gatete dedicated the award to the Government of Rwanda, which has played a critical role in reforming the country’s financial sector.
“I am really humbled that the committee decided to award this trophy to me this year. I consider this as a trophy for our authorities in Rwanda and the team I have been working with, be it members of the Government, staff of the Ministry of Finance but also all the partners and stakeholders to our economy,” he is quoted in the statement as saying.
Gatete has been Minister for Finance and Economic Planning for the past two years and, before then, he served as Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda.
He has also previously served as Rwanda’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.