Rwanda: New UN Resident Coordinator Calls On RGB

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Rwanda has made tremendous progress under the leadership of President Kagame, the new United Nations Resident Coordinator has said.

Lamin Momodou Manneh, also the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative commended the Government for their vision in support of transformative change and progress.

He made the remarks on Wednesday during a courtesy call to the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB).

Manneh was received by the Chief Executive Officer of RGB, Professor Shyaka Anastase, along with the two deputies CEO of the RGB, Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza and Dr Felicien Usengumukiza as well as Ignatius Kabagambe, Coordinator of UNDP funded Media Development Project.

“Rwanda is known to have a proactive, dynamic, and innovative approach to national development and poverty reduction efforts as well as efforts to enhance quality of development cooperation. Indeed, the Country has made very significant advances and has shown a strong commitment to rebuilding and strengthening national capacity for real transformative change,” Manneh who has been in the country for two weeks now said.

He also pointed out that Africans are now taking strong, honest and competent leadership as demonstrated by President Kagame to be a key tool to sustainable advancement of the continent. According to him, “every country must have its own democratic path.

Manneh said that UN is committed to continue having strong support and collaboration with the Rwandan government in every developmental program it endeavors to do.

“You may not know it but Rwanda, under the dynamic leadership of President Kagame is rapidly becoming a model and an inspiration for Africa in a number of areas and I would like to encourage you to keep doing what you are already doing so well,” Manneh advised.

On his part, Prof. Shyaka thanked the UN Family for the valuable development partnership with Rwanda.

He also presented an overview of the activities of the RGB and highlighted some of the boar’s programming areas and activities.

RGB also conducts a Governance Score Card (RGS), a highly innovative instrument whose findings Rwandan institutions are happy to own up even where the findings may not be favorable to them.

Professor Shyaka also acknowledged the strategic partnership between RGB and UNDP and commended UNDP for its longstanding partnership to the RGB.

According to him, the RGB is currently implementing a number of significant and strategic governance activities/initiatives with the support of UNDP.

As Rwanda progresses on its path towards further consolidation of democracy and governance, both RGB and UNDP are looking forward to effectively strengthen their partnership with the collective objective of deepening governance processes in Rwanda.

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