Rwanda is steadily implementing its strategic plan of crafting secondary cities with the ultimate objective of decongesting the capital city Kigali.
A lot of progress is being registered in the secondary cities including; Nyagatare in Eastern Province, Rubavu and Rusizi in West, Musanze in the Northern Province then Muhanga and Huye in South.
The new secondary cities are expected to act as new bases for commerce, host education facilities, manufacturing, tourism and offer all aspects or an urban area.
By 2024, almost 30% of Rwandans will be residents of urban centres.
Considering the current figures, Rwanda’s unemployment rate is 3.4%, representing 8% and 2.4% in cities and villages respectively, 200,000 jobs gap annually.
The World Bank has extended a big cheque of $95million for construction of roads in the secondary cities totaling 81km.
In the current first phase that cost $28million, roads equivalent to 29Km have been constructed in Muhanga, Huye, Rusizi, Rubavu, Musanze and Nyagatare. Drainage channels totaling 44km have been built.
Observers consider that the ongoing expansion of cities mostly near boarders with neighboring countries, will boost trade and tourism and create jobs.
Below is a pictorial on progress of works on paved roads within the proposed secondary cities.