President Paul Kagame received a delegation yesterday from South Korea that
delivered a final report on "Building Capacity for Strategic Sectors in
Rwanda" and whose findings will be relied upon to develop some vital sectors
of the economy.
The report, a product of a joint research project carried out by Korea Institute
of Development Strategy(KDS) and the Strategy Policy Unit(SPU) of the Office
of the President, is an initiative under the cooperation agreement between Korea
International Cooperation Agency(KOICA) and the government of Rwanda.
Speaking to the Press after meeting the President, Dongwon Ahn, the KOICA
Vice President said that the comprehensive report highlights areas of strategic
capacity building especially in the industrial, ICT, financial and agriculture
"This report contains ideas which will lead the country to the Vision
2020 and the economic experience." Ahn said.
"We suggested areas of policy development in each of these sectors such
as ICT, agriculture, textiles, pharmaceuticals, industry and the financial sector
among others". Ahn added.
He noted that the report suggested extraordinary measures to overhaul the
'strategic sectors' such as textile and pharmaceutical to make Rwanda competitive
or even better than its neighbours in the region.
Ahn said that apart from capacity building project, the cooperation has achieved
a lot since its establishment in 2007 including a multi-million ICT centre currently
under construction at the National University of Rwanda.
"Currently we are also facilitating a textile course at Kicukiri Technical
College and we have about 30 volunteers working in various sectors in Rwanda.
We also have scholarships for Rwandan students in Korean universities and courses
for government officials in Korea" said Ahn while highlighting some of
On his part, Dr. Jean Paul Kimonyo, head of the Strategy and Policy unit
in the Presidential Office stated that the cooperation between Rwanda and South
Korea is advancing well, adding that Rwanda would want to pursue the development
model South Korea took, which advanced it from one of the poorest economies
40 years ago, to one of the leading economies in the world.
"The significance of this relationship is that South Korea is one of
those countries in East Asia which came from very poor economies to one of the
most advanced in the world.
The President has had several trips to East Asia and noticed the phenomenal
progress they have made and he would like to emulate that" said Kimonyo.
Kimonyo said that the report made in the framework of capacity building centres
on 5 key strategic sectors including agriculture, industry, mining, energy,
technical and vocational training and seeks to revamp these sectors which are
very rich but 'pragmatic'.
In a related development, the KOICA Vice President met the Alumni Association
of Rwandan students who studied in Korean Universities.
The seven member's association comprises Rwandan graduates(Master's degree)from
the different institutions and disciplines in the Republic of Korea.
Joseph Kabakeza, chairman of the association and a graduate of Korea University
expressed gratitude to KOICA and the Korean government on behalf of the other
"We are very grateful to KOICA and the Korean government and we shall
not let down the hope and trust of the two governments but rather pay back by
contributing to Rwandan development" said Kabakeza.
He appealed for an increased number of Korean scholarships to Rwandan scholars
as this will lead to the expansion and growth of the association as well as
concerted efforts for the association and its ability to realize development