Rwanda and AfDB sign RwF 13 billion to establish Centers of Excellence in Bio-Medical Engineering
Kigali: The Government of Rwanda and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed a financial agreement worth US$ 18 million (approximately RwF 13 billion).
The financial support which is in form of a concessional loan will support establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering and eHealth (CEBE) at the University of Rwanda.
Speaking after the signing event, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete said: “This support will contribute to the development of relevant and highly skilled workforce in biomedical sciences to meet East African Community immediate labour market needs and support implementation of EAC’s ‘free’ labour market protocols”.
The CEBE Rwanda will be part of the ‘EAC network of Centres of Excellences’ and will target students from the region. The institute will provide leadership in training, research and preventive maintenance services to cater for regional needs.
One of the key pillars of CEBE is to strengthen the synergy between the academia, the Government and the private sector while harnessing the transformational power of biomedical engineering and ICT for cost-effective service provision and job creation. The CEBE will seek ways to ensure development of e-Health Tools and Systems within the region.
AfDB Resident Representative Negatu Makonnen said: “The CEBE is fully aligned with EDPRS2 and will contribute to productivity and youth employment. This investment is also in line with Rwanda’s five year priority skills development strategy.”
AfDB is an active partner of the Rwandan Government. Currently its portfolio is comprised of 21 operations, with total commitments close to $450 million.
AFDB Country Strategy Paper (CSP) is well aligned to Rwanda’s Vision 2020 and EDPRS Priorities. The current CSP (2012-2016) focuses on infrastructure (energy, transport, agriculture, water and sanitation) and private sector development. Infrastructure accounts for 69.3% of the total commitments.