Plans have been announced by the Rwandan Government to rehabilitate and pave more roads across the country. This is in line with achieving the nation’s second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) goals through upgrading and repairing additional 7,192Kms of roads. This initiative aims at reducing the cost of doing business in the country, scale down poverty rates through rural development.
James Musoni- The Minister for Infrastructure, indicated that the roads that will benefit from the construction project include the 208km Kagitumba-Kayonza-Rusumo road, 63Km Butaro-Kidaho road, 185Km Kivu belt and the 125Km Base-Gicumbi-Nyagatare road. USD 11m had been set aside in the fiscal year 2014/2015 for the roads construction project. The Road Transport Development Agency has drafted a report on the identified class II roads that will be improved and is just waiting for cabinets’ approval. This is vital to ensure that the process of rehabilitation is guided and quality upheld.
The EDPRS is part of Rwanda’s vision 2020. The main objective is to ensure that the country gains middle-income status. This is to be achieved by reducing the poverty rates by more than 30% and having the average GDP growth rate at 11.5%.