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15.06.2011 11:19 Category: MINALOC News

THE COMMONWEALTH DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL VISITS MINALOC


The Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General in charge of Economic Affairs, Mr. Smith RANSFORD, with his delegation, paid a visit to the Rwandan Ministry Local Government Ministry (MINALOC) on Tuesday, the 14th June, 2011.

The visit aimed at discussing with Ministry’s leadership in order to establish the long way Rwanda has done in socio economic transformation basing on principles of good governance and democracy. The Delegation also was to identify different areas in which the Commonwealth member countries can both share and learn from Rwanda’s best practices.

While addressing the gathering, Mr Ransford said that, “The Commonwealth is very interested in knowing how Rwanda’s progress actually is regarding good governance, decentralization and democracy”, adding that, it was a great pleasure for the delegation to visit the Ministry of Local Government in particular, and Rwanda in general, in order to exchange best practices in the area of governance structure in order to learn from each other.

The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Cyrille TURATSINZE, briefed them on what Rwanda has been doing during the last seventeen years of rebuilding the nation after the genocide against the Tutsi, and that in the areas of social protection, community development, good governance, democracy and decentralization.

“The Government is committed to socioeconomic transformation for all Rwandans. Democracy, good governance and decentralization, being supported by adequate social protection strategies and community development programs  are pillars to achieve that noble goal, and Rwandans understand that very well”, he added.

The Permanent Secretary highlighted different policies that have been guiding Rwanda’s best practices, including the establishment of independent Governance institutions such as Rwanda Governance Advisory Council that has good governance assessment and advisory in its attributions, the National Electoral Commission to organize and coordinate elections related activities, the National Decentralization Implementation Secretariat to implement and to coordinate all decentralization related government programs.

Regarding poverty reduction mechanisms as part of social protection strategy, the government has elaborated and implemented the Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP), one cow per family “Girinka”, among others.

Dunstan MAINA, one of the delegates, who serves also as adviser on governance and institutional development division for East Africa, noted that they are interested in the Rwandan decentralization.  “We would like to work with Rwanda in terms of decentralization and good governance. These terms have different perspective from country to country. So, we want to share experience with Rwanda. We are also interested in learning from Rwanda about performance management,” he said.

Mr. RANSFORD pledged Commonwealth’s support, both financially and in capacity building and accountability by providing trainings; in terms of social protection and networking, among others.

The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Cyrille TURATSINZE, thanked the Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General in charge of economic and his delegation for their visit and pledged Rwanda’s commitment to good governance for socio economic transformation.