GGGI Rwanda through one-on-one consultations revised and drafted the new GGGI Rwanda Country Planning Framework and presented the draft to key stakeholders and partners for input, feedback, and validation during a consultation workshop held at Serena Hotel in Kigali , Rwanda. The workshop was an opportunity for the GGGI team to guide the endorsement by the government and key partners who are committed to jointly contributing and collaborating in the implementation of the framework through several synergized programs and projects. The consultation was well attended by representatives from MINALOC, LODA, MININFRA, REMA,RHA , NIRDA,RFA , ENABEL,RDB , RWB ,RENGOF ,Youth organizations and more.
During her opening remarks the Permanent Secretary Eng Patricie Uwase of Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) said “the partnership between government of Rwanda and GGGI has grown over the years and it continues to expand as we collaborate into more policy and project technical support and sharing of knowledge, we still have more to do and we have the expertise and resources amongst us ” She encouraged GGGI to engage more with the community to fill in the gaps , to build project pipelines , to ensure that Rwanda grows as it becomes a middle-income country by 2035 and high income country by 2050 as GGGI has always been a key partner in both planning and implementation level. She acknowledged all the efforts and support provided by GGGI team thanking them for their commitment to supporting the government of Rwanda in their ambitions to a transforming of a green resilient economy. She further said the government of Rwanda appreciates the model introduced by GGGI as they believe it is a model that will be utilized by many sectors.
GGGI Rwanda Country Representative Mr Okechukwu Daniel Ogbonnaya said in his welcome remarks that todays consultation is for all the stakeholders and partners to give input on the revised GGGI Rwanda Country Planning Framework that will explore areas of intervention on policy development, technical advisory, capacity enhancement, program/project development and green finance mobilization geared at achievement of Sustainable, Inclusive and Transformational Green Growth in Rwanda. He elaborated that the discussion will be a detailed presentation on the overview of the CPF 2016-2020 by looking at its achievements, challenges, lessons Learnt ; and we shall give an overview of revised CPF 2021-20215. The agenda for the day was designed to give the stakeholders context to the establishment of GGGI Rwanda Country Program , the past CPF results and Rwanda CPF future targets.
With three of the GGGI Rwanda project managers Mr Dheeraj Arrabothu and Ms Liliane Uwanziga Mupende presenting the stakeholders were given a introduction to GGGI Strategic Outcomes ,GGGI Strategy 2030 -Global Operational Priorities and a breakdown to the CPF 2016-2020 Outcomes. Outcome 1- Rwanda’s Urbanization is Guided by Green Growth Principles ; Outcome 2 -Resource Efficient, Low Carbon Technologies and Infrastructure Solutions are Understood and Prioritized in Urban Development Projects and Outcome 3- Sustainable Financial Instruments support Green Growth Projects. Furthermore the presenters went through the CPF 2021-2025 Goals and Programmatic Solutions (that included Mainstreaming green growth ,Financial instruments ,Green urban infrastructure ,Urban resilience ,Urban waste management ,Sustainable landscape ,Youth engagement) ; Rwanda Green Growth Indicators and Simulation Dashboard.
During the feedback session several stakeholders and partners applauded GGGI Rwanda team for the work done thus far in Rwanda, and gave some recommendations. Representatives from MININFRA said GGGI could consider capacity building activities in the transport sector especially inland water support as government of Rwanda is constructing new ports. MINALOC representatives enquired if mining sector could be considered especially in the secondary cities where GGGI has District Technical Assistant embedded. NIRDA officials were glad to see that GGGI has a team dedicated to waste management projects in Rwanda and said more needs to be done on greening the industrial process by promoting energy and water efficiency amongst stakeholders and community at large. GGGI was also tasked to intervene and advise government of Rwanda on innovative green solutions for faecal sludge management as this is a concern for the City of Kigali. GGGI team was commended for the excellent work and contribution on building resilient cities and to scale up projects on flood and landslides. GGGI was also encouraged to develop pipeline with green investment projects by engaging with private sector to support reporting on achieving NDC targets working with BRD, Kigali Finance Center, FONERWA , MINECOFIN and more. Other representatives said in Rwanda we need to develop a framework approach anchored with government planning system that will support and guide all the interventions with all the partners ; Youth representatives thanked GGGI for their innovative approaches to including youth in policy dialogue and capacity building workshops that the youth have benefited in contributing to Rwanda efforts and ambitions of enhancing adaptation to climate change.
GGGI team responded that as part of the business model adopted in Rwanda the team works on several assessments to support the government of Rwanda by first understanding the lessons learnt from previous activities , projects or programs and what needs to be done to improve. GGGI indicated that through their existing partnerships and collaboration with organizations such as ENABEL they are able to transfer the skills and knowledge ; through FONERWA we are able to scale up project pipeline development looking at green economic recovery plans with the government of Rwanda. It was said that GGGI has examined and studied the ecosystem in Rwanda to identify several issues and challenges that lead to the team developing and increasing their efforts in awareness campaigns , capacity building and knowledge sharing .
Participants on the consultation workshop reaffirmed their commitment to continue working with GGGI to support Rwanda ambitious targets and deliver impactful results that will contribute to the economy , environment and sustainable development. In his closing GGGI Rwanda Country Representative Mr Ogbonnaya thanked all the participants for the fruitful discussion and said this dialogue will continue as the GGGI team will approach the stakeholders to update them on the feedback and input provided, before sharing the finalized CPF for2021 – 2025.