Foreign Affairs Ministry and Environmental body get fresh blood
The extraordinary cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Tuesday at the Presidential Palace, Village Urugwiro approved Nikobisanzwe Claude as new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Collette Ruhamya as the new boss of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA).
Nikobisanzwe, former first secretary of Rwanda High Commission in South Africa takes over Jeanine Kambanda who served in this post for over two years from ambassadorial post in Singapore.
Ruhamya, the then Minister in charge of Water and Energy arrived in the environment body as from 2012 deputizing Dr. Rose Mukankomeje who is now locked up in legal battles on corruption-related charges.
The cabinet meeting also appointed Rugema Faith as the new Director General in charge of bilateral relations, Gitera Diane is the new Director General with multilateral relations docket while Col. Butera Gerard was appointed as the chief of state protocol.
Meanwhile, according to the statement on the decisions of Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Rwandans in the proximity of mining sites across the country are going to enjoy dividends from mining sector by proposed revenue sharing scheme, as the communique of the cabinet meeting said.
The mining sector brought in $40.73 in the first half of this year but decreased to $19 million in the third quarter of this year compared to $20 million in 2015, as the Monitory Policy and Financial Stability Statement indicated.
The neighborhoods are going to benefit not only jobs but also community projects aiming to turn around their daily lives such as the construction of health facilities, schools, rolling out water, among others to encourage the conservation of environment and to stop illegal mining which claims people’s lives.
This mining policy comes at the time tourism revenue sharing scheme has already taken root. It implies 5% of total national park revenues goes to communities as incentives for community conservation.
As for Rwanda Development Board (RDB), $1.83 million was channeled into community projects as of 2005, beginning the tourism revenue sharing scheme in the country.