FMG Highlights: Implementation of Secondary Cities Strategies in Rwanda

Date May 3, 2017

FMG is continuing our work in partnership with the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) to ignite growth in Rwanda’s six Secondary Cities. We have been working together since 2015 to develop long-term economic strategies for the six secondary cities: Muhanga, Rubavu, Rusizi, Nyagatare, Huye and Musanze.

From 2nd to 4th of May 2017, FMG, together with RGB, will be engaging the leadership of these 6 secondary cities to implement the strategies previously developed. This represents the next phase of Rwanda’s economic development, and will contribute substantially to Rwanda’s drive towards becoming a middle-income country by 2020.

On 2nd May 2017, the FMG delegation to Rwanda conducted three engagements with RGB, Government representatives and the Global Green Growth Institute. FMG presented its recommendations for secondary cities to optimise the niche sector strategies previous identified and to prioritise near-term action steps to generate economic growth.

FMG’s recommendations were met with lively discussion on the next steps for these secondary cities. The discussions focused on the importance of integration of different nationwide plans, the differentiation between cities and districts within secondary cities, and the treatment of secondary cities as prototypes to manage risk in economic development.

FMG CEO Devadas Krishnadas sharing a moment of laughter with RGB Head of Political Parties & Civil Society, Theodore Rugema Mutabazi

FMG CEO Devadas Krishnadas presenting a token of appreciation to RGB CEO Professor Anastase Shyaka during FMG’s engagement with RGB on 2 May 2017

FMG Senior Associate Consultant Edward Neo providing a recap on FMG’s niche sector strategy recommendations

FMG CEO Devadas Krishnadas answering a question on the importance of cultural slogans for each secondary city, Itorero, in economic development

FMG CEO Devadas Krishnadas and FMG Senior Associate Consultant Edward Neo taking questions on how secondary cities can implement good governance preconditions and niche sector strategies for economic development

MINECOFIN Director General of National Development Planning and Research Godfrey Kabera and RGB Deputy CEO Dr. Usta Kaitesi contributing to the lively discussion on implementation of secondary city strategies during the engagement with government representatives

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) members paying close attention to FMG CEO Devadas Krishnadas’ recommendations on action steps for secondary cities

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