In May 2018, Rwanda signed a concession loan agreement worth US$66.60 million (about Rwf56 billion) with India Export Import Bank (EXIM), for the construction of Base-Butaro-Kidaho tarmac road in Rwanda’s Northern Province.
China has also pledged to finance construction of the 66km Huye-Kibeho road.
In May, while signing with EXIM bank, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Dr Uzziel Ndagijimana, pointed out that Rwanda has put emphasis on the development of transport infrastructure and services to encourage economic growth in a bid to achieve the objectives set by Vision 2020.
“Transport plays an important role in stimulating economic growth by increasing internal production and facilitating access to domestic and international markets while ensuring favourable conditions for provision and distribution of imported products within the country,” the minister said then.
It is indeed a fundamental need, particularly for the people in the countryside.
In more remote areas of Rwanda, the majority of people have to walk farther than 2km to access a good road.
A recent World Bank report looked into how road infrastructure looks like in different parts of the country.
It indicates how almost 4 million Rwandans remain unconnected to good transport infrastructure.
— World Bank Transport (@WBG_Transport) July 26, 2018