Musanze Polytechnic Gets China’s Financial Boost

Hon. Claver Gatete Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of Rwanda and Excellency RAO Hongwei, Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda today signed an Economic and Technical Cooperation agreement, under which the Chinese Government pledged to provide US$ 32 mill

China and Rwanda have signed an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement that will see more Rwandans get technical skills and access clean water sources.

The agreement was signed today between the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ambassador Claver Gatete and Chinese envoy to Rwanda, Rao Hongwei.

The funds worth US$ 32 million will undertake the Extension of Musanze Polytechnic and the drilling of 200 boreholes, as well as other projects to be agreed upon by the two governments.

 The Ambassador and the Minister exchanged letters to confirm the implementation of the aforesaid two projects.

 “This money is not a loan and we are grateful for china’s support which is crosscutting in key targeted development areas on which we have set our efforts in our development agenda” Gatete said.

With funding available to boost technical education, which Rwanda has set as central to becoming a middle income economy, Musanze Polytechnic will triple number of students gaining skills and graduating annually.

Upon completion Musanze Polytechnic will have a capacity to enroll 1500 diploma students and 400 short courses up from 560 diploma and 180 short course students respectively.The 200 boreholes will provide water to the communities in 11 districts and it will fully serve approximately 300 to 1500 people per borehole with potable water in selected areas.

Both Olivier Rwamukwaya, the Minister of State in Charge of Technical Vocational Education and Training and Jerome Gasana, the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) Director General revealed that the sector has been lacking training equipment and facilities such as workshops.

The concerns in education alongside Rwanda’s targets of creating 1.5million new jobs in the next seven years and 200.000 off-farm jobs annually could be possible as China has recommitted its involvement in Rwanda’s development.