The Executive Director of UNHabitat, Dr. Joan Clos has said that Rwanda is on the right track in terms of developing an urbanization strategy to match with the rapid development that the country is undergoing now.
Dr. Joan Clos and a delegation from the UNHabitat meet with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, at the end of a three day Tripartite Conference for Africa and the Caribbean in Kigali, held under the theme “Sustainable Urbanization as Response to Urban Poverty Eradication.”
I think Rwanda is on the right track for preferring the idea of intermediary cities. We have countries where there is no strategy and this is causing problems. When you walk around Kigali you can see a pattern of organization and I think there will be no problems as faced by other countries that lack planning.”
The Rwanda Minister of Infrastructure, Prof Silas Lwakabamba said Rwanda’s urbanization is moving at a rate of 4.8% per annum, compare to general average of about 1.8%, while in Kigali it’s even higher, at 9%.
We have to look at how to handle this and we are working closely with UNHabitat to move forward. The conference was very successful and that’s why this delegation came here to thank the Presidency for providing good leadership on these issues.” Prof Lwakabamba said.
This conference follows the first international tripartite conference on urbanization challenges and poverty reduction in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries that was held at the headquarters of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi from 8 to 10 June 2009.