Huye: H.E Dr. Peter Woeste the Federal Republic of German Ambassador to Rwanda gave a Public talk to staff and students of UR-Huye campus on 22nd November 2017.
Dr. Rainer Schmidt (left) Principal Dr.Jeanne Kagwiza and the Germany Ambassador to Rwanda H.E Dr. Peter Woeste at Huye Campus
The Public lecture was under the theme “Germany in Rwanda Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. Upon arrival at the campus, the ambassador was welcomed by the Principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences and the resident principal of Huye Campus Dr.Jeanne Kagwiza, In her remarks she highlighted the uniqueness of the campus being a host to staff and students of 5 of the 6 colleges that make up the University of Rwanda,she also highlighted the role of the campus in community outreach activities to communities that are in the campus neighbourhood and Huye District in general.
The Ambassador gave a presentation that narrated the historical cooperation between the two countries and emphasised that in all its form “colonialism was evil”.
His Excellency the ambassador during his visit at Huye Campus
Rwanda and Germany have enjoyed different types of bilateral cooperation since 1962 and Germany was one of the first countries to re-establish cooperation after the Genocide that was commtted against the tutsi in 1994 - initially through emergency response, and later increasingly through technical and financial cooperation, Germany development agencies such as the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) have been fundamental in Rwanda’s reconstruction process and since 1993 Germany increased its development aid to Rwanda.
The main focus of technical and financial cooperation that Germany offers is determined through bilateral governmental negotiations and based on Rwanda's Economic and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS), currently they are supporting small and medium enterprise start ups funding where UR graduates can also benefit to create businesses and employment, supporting transparency Rwanda in the fight against corruption and empowering Rwanda Revenue Authority to have a modern tax system. Germany is also offering support in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programmes to enhance hands on skills and address unemployment especially among the youth.
UR Huye campus students and staff during the Public lecture
After the informative presentation, students and staff had time for a question and answer session to raise issues of concern regarding the Rwanda – Germany cooperation to which the Ambassador gave answers and opinions.