EDITORIAL: An ambitious next 7 years, but it is manageable

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente made his maiden official outing in Parliament yesterday to present the government’s plan of action for the next seven years. President Kagame’s current mandate ends in 2024 and during his campaigns he made a lot of pledges, which makes the bulk of the Prime Minister’s presentation. Also put into consideration was Rwanda Patriotic Front’s (RPF-Inkotanyi) manifesto that was hinged on three key areas; economy, social protection and governance.

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente made his maiden official outing in Parliament yesterday to present the government’s plan of action for the next seven years.

 President Kagame’s current mandate ends in 2024 and during his campaigns he made a lot of pledges, which makes the bulk of the Prime Minister’s presentation.

Also put into consideration was Rwanda Patriotic Front’s (RPF-Inkotanyi) manifesto that was hinged on three key areas; economy, social protection and governance.

Empowering the youth through skills transfer and believing in their innovative nature was not left behind. Kigali Innovation City will be set up just next to Kigali Special Economic Zone where both Rwandans and foreigners will benefit. Along with it will be the creation of an Innovation Fund that young brilliant minds will be able to exploit.

This mandate’s agenda is overflowing with many novel ideas to propel the country beyond the second phase Economic Development and Poverty Reduction that comes to a close next year. The main focus now is making sure that since the flagship Vision 2020 is in its twilight years, so the gaze is turned towards the more ambitious Vision 2050.

The good news that is bound to ring positively in the ears of those who work in the informal sector? A long term savings scheme. Now they will be able to save for their pensions something that was the reserve of the formal sector

One cannot go without highlighting the current hot topic that is environmental protection this country has been championing for years. But will the country manage to reduce the use of firewood in homes from the current 83.3 per cent to a more manageable 42 per cent?  That will need extraordinary measures and roping in everyone on board.

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