Remarks by Rwanda Green Fund CEO at Green City Pilot Site Visit by BMZ

Good afternoon everyone. It’s a pleasure to welcome you to Kinyinya - the site of the future Green City Pilot. Murakaza neza, wilkommen!

We are honoured to host you today, and hope that you enjoy your stay in Rwanda.

I would like to share with you a little about the Green City Pilot and how it fits into Rwanda’s long-term green growth and sustainable development goals.

The pilot is one of a small number of flagship projects detailed in Rwanda’s Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy. It is important to note that this project is a priority not under the environmental protection pillar, but rather the economic transformation pillar. This affirms the whole of government approach to green growth and sustainable urbanisation.

As you are aware, the Rwanda Green Fund, FONERWA, has been supported by the German Cooperation through KfW to implement the pilot. Our goals is to develop a sustainable, lively, affordable and inclusive green urban neighbourhood in Kigali.

We are confident this project will result in a paradigm shift in how we manage green urbanisation in Rwanda.

The GCP project is a combined effort by several institutions supporting green growth in Rwanda including the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda Environment Management Authority, City of Kigali, and the Rwanda Social Security Board - plus many more!

The project will demonstrate the viability of green cities in Rwanda, and relevant for replicability for the development of Green Secondary Cities at the national level, It will also be an important example of one of the country’s pillars of green and climate resilient Urbanism as per the National Roadmap for Green City Development Policy.

Distinguished guests,

Building a green urban centre will create a city that is green, low carbon and climate resilient.
This in turn will support increasing urbanisation in Rwanda by ensuring we have a robust model that we can learn from to ensure we reach out goals under the National Strategy for Transformation; for urbanization in Rwanda to be climate resilient and low carbon

Where we are standing today, Kinyinya Hill, is the dedicated site for the pilot. So far, 620 hectares have been earmarked for this project.

The broad vision of the project is to develop inclusive cities and neighbourhoods that provide for a high quality of life at the lowest environmental footprint. The Green City Pilot will link integrated urban planning and design, affordable housing and infrastructure development with climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. Efficient strategies for buildings and neighbourhoods will be developed, models tested and bankable green projects communicated by applying functional models.

Besides the development of the master plan of this site of 620 hectares on the Kinyinya Hill and the promotion of affordable housing as part of it, the feasibility study will uncover electric mobility policy options for Rwanda. In partnership with UNEP, the study aims to develop the policy framework for electric mobility, laying the groundwork for private sector investments to flourish.

The fund intends to use the outcomes to attract Investment and lay the groundwork for private investments to flourish in line with our policies.

With the support of the German Cooperation through KfW, we have procured a firm to do feasibility studies and they are now in the Inception/baseline phase. We shall have the urban planning scheme and cost model as well as a midterm feasibility report in April 2019, the design competition in June 2019 and a feasibility report in November 2019.

On behalf of the Government of Rwanda, let me take this opportunity to thank you for the partnership that we enjoy with Germany. We are grateful for the support you are providing on this and many other initiatives across the country.

Thank you.