Gov’t, Dev’t partners meeting kicks off today

KIGALI - The government will today begin a biennial high level strategic forum with development partners in a two-day event. The meeting will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders involved in Rwanda’s development to engage in dialogue around key constraints to aid effectiveness and encourage commitments to overcome identified bottlenecks, particularly in the run up to the MDG target year of 2015.

KIGALI - The government will today begin a biennial high level strategic forum with development partners in a two-day event.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders involved in Rwanda’s development to engage in dialogue around key constraints to aid effectiveness and encourage commitments to overcome identified bottlenecks, particularly in the run up to the MDG target year of 2015.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, John Rwangombwa, said that the meeting will mainly look at possibilities of boosting private investment by use of available policies like Public-Private Partnership (PPP)

“Private investment plays a key role in supporting the economic development necessary to attain the MDGs in Rwanda. In this regard, the theme for this year’s DPM is ‘Effective Aid to leverage Private Investments and meet the Millennium Development Goals,” said Rwangombwa.

This conference is expected to draw approximately 350 participants from a cross-section of government and development partners.

The country is also expected to showcase its major achievements and constraints in implementing its development programmes.

In terms of aid effectiveness, Rwanda has so far made great strides through it’s the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS)

The meeting will be co-chaired by Rwangombwa and the UN resident Coordinator, Aurélien Agbénonci.

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