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17.07.2011 05:04 Category: MINALOC News

LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS ON STUDY TOUR IN GHANA


The Government is investing in capacity building for local government leaders

In a move to strengthen capacity building in local governments, the Ministry of Local Government in collaboration with the Rwandan Association of Local Government Authorities have organized a one week study tour in Ghana on decentralization implementation and service delivery in local governments.

The delegation is led by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Mr Cyrille TURATSINZE, and comprises of executive secretaries of Huye, Rubavu, Karongi, Rwamagana, Kicukiro, Musanze, Gasabo, Nyagatare as well as the Secretary General of RALGA, Mr Theogene KARAKE, among others.

While addressing the delegates before their departure at the Ministry’s head office in Kacyiru, on Saturday, July 16, 2011, the Minister of Local Government, Honorable James MUSONI, said that, “discipline is key for any successful study tour”. The delegation departed from Kigali in the morning of Sunday, July 17, 2011 and is expected to be back on July 24.

The Minister urged the delegates on the need to develop strategies for sustainable partnership between the two countries. He called them upon drawing a clear roadmap of how other Rwandans could benefit from experiences and lessons to be learnt from this study tour.

“I urge you to keep discipline in whatever you do. Discipline portrays the image of a country, wherever you go and in whatever you do. You need to be engaged and to engage your hosts on what you need and what you have, in order to share experiences. You should not lose the focus of this study tour and, above all, you should capitalize on how to share with others the experiences and lessons that will be drawn from this study tour”, Minister MUSONI James said.

Ghana is commended for its local economic development, fiscal decentralization and local government capacity building. Ghana is also reputed for its good leadership and service delivery and that is why the Government has organized and funded this study tour.