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Rwanda: Competing for the world’s top spots

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Akwaba, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Akwaba

    Akwaba Senior Member

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    Rwanda: Competing for the world

    An ordinary African visitor to Rwanda gets immediately overwhelmed. Driving from the airport to downtown Kigali one can see properly paved roads that are kept crisp clean, the streetlights work and the boulevards have neatly mowed lawns and carefully maintained palm trees. The road crossings are clearly marked. On either side of the road are meticulously constructed pedestrian sidewalks to rival those in any rich neighbourhood in the USA. The roundabouts in the city are picturesque with properly pruned fl ower gardens.

    But few visitors from North America and Europe notice anything unusual because these are ordinary public goods. Africans from elsewhere easily see Rwanda’s unique public goods because they live in nations where roads are dirty, potholed, lack sidewalks, manholes are open and public parks are sprawling bushes; the streetlights do not work and garbage is strewn all over city streets.


    In Africa, public institutions no longer embody a collective vision; instead they reinforce a pattern of private advantage for elites at the expense of the majority of ordinary citizens. Across most of our continent, there is a big gulf between public policy rhetoric and the actual outcomes of the policy process. However, post genocide Rwanda is reconstructing this collective vision.


    The army as a source of innovation


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    Look at the Rwanda army: In 1996, it began the Credit and Savings Scheme (CSS) for soldiers. At the time, President Paul Kagame was vice president and minister of defence. Because of strict accountability and performance requirements, CSS grew impressively. By 2003, it had accumulated such a large amount of financial resources that the central bank of Rwanda advised the army to convert it into a bank. CSS is a soldiers-own and professionally managed bank. But what does CSS do?


    The Rwandan army has a construction arm. Any soldier from a private to a general is entitled to an investment loan from CSS – for a car or house. If a soldier wants to build his own home, the government has provided land where officers and men can get free plots. The construction arm builds a house at a price consistent with a soldier’s official income. The soldier then goes to CSS and gets a 15-20 years mortgage at affordable, below market interest rates. Instead of in a barracks or a rented house, the soldier begins to live in his own house all their life.
     
  2. bona

    bona JF-Expert Member

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    have you accounted the aid money they receive and its impact relative to its small population?
     
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    JokaKuu Platinum Member

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    ..inabidi u-account na madini waliyoiba DRC.
     
  4. Akwaba

    Akwaba Senior Member

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    Yes, you are right Rwanda has an advantage in terms of receiving more development aid but it also has a disadvantage in terms of having a lower GDP and government budget. So really the question is what is the country doing with available resources.

    Rwanda Aid Budget. $370 million. New Vision Online : Rwanda budget aid to rise 66%
    Tanzania Aid Budget $750 million. Donors to slash Tanzania budget aid - International Business Times

    Rwanda Population 10 million.
    Tanzania Population 40 million.

    So Rwanda is getting 2 times the Aid budget per capita. However, if you look at government resources.

    Tanzania Budget $7.6 Billion
    Rwanda Budget $1.66 Billion.

    Tanzania's Budget is 15% larger per capita. Wow. I am actually shocked by the result myself. It is pretty close. However, Rwanda's budget has been increasing much faster than Tanzania. So, I think we can still compare the achievements of the two countries. I mean Tanzania still has much more resources.

    Then they are the thing which are done that don't cost money.

    Setting up a roundabout is cheap. It involves getting land and making the road a tad bit longer. The rest is planting stuff which is dirt chip. (Pun intended)

    Cleaning streets involves paying the cheapest labor you can find to clean the streets and collect garbage. I mean cheapest labor, which is plentiful in Tanzania (This would also put a slight dent in unemployment).

    Setting up saving schemes is just a question of appropriate management of resources, and eliminating corruption.

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    As a side note when working in Corporate America, they are many occasions where unfair comparison are made to show how something can be done better. The appropriate response is NEVER to complain about the unfair comparison. But instead to find out how things can be improved. We must move from a culture of EXCUSES to a culture of SOLUTIONS.
     
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    Hawa jamaa kama hawatafanyia kazi reconciliation especially sasa hivi, wanaweza kurudi tena kwenye matatizo. Kagame ajifunze kusamehe na aache hii habari ya DRC.
     
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    Kagame is the hero of Rwanda. He has the vision fvor his country that is why the country economically is developing. Kagame might have his weakness like any other human being but the truth will remain as the truth that Rwanda is advancing faster than other east african countries.

    Leaders in East Africa countries the do not appreciate the development level reached in rwanda rather they are secretely critising him and arrain other european countries to retard rwanda development under the so called democrary so that development focus could lose track.

    Leave Rwanda alone let it prosper and fight against trabalism
     
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    Wacha mambo ya ku-generalise 'ordinary african' una maana gani? Huyu ordinary ni wewe? au unaongelea nani? Kuna miji safi Africa mingi tu hebu tufafanulie hapo ili tuweke michango yetu isije ikawa ulitinga huko kwa mara ya kwanza na hujakwenda kwenye nchi nyingine yoyote zaidi ya hiyo.
     
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    The Quonquerer JF-Expert Member

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    Tukubali kujifunza mema, mabaya yao waachieni, it's really challenging! Viongozi wetu ni domo na kutafuna mahela. Eti hapa Morogoro road, kutoka ferry ni vumbi tupu hakuna cha pavements wala nini, karibu na ofisi nyeti za umma, yaani Sebule ya nchi. Hii si aibu jamani, no no bongo ni aibu tupu!!! We need to change! Hata kama Rwanda inaiba Congo, sidhani kama hicho kiasi ndicho kinafanya mambo yote hayo!
     
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    Rwanda is doing great, currently Kigali roads are unmatched compared to all other EA countries. Go Africa!!
     
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    There is something which we need to learn from Rwanda their is a vast improvement in Rwanda.

    I would say compare to Tanzania and Rwanda you can see their is a huge difference they just came from civil war almost twelve years ago but the economic status of the country has changed dramatically.

    I am saying that because Tanzania has so many resources but when you look 43 years back after independence little has been achieved, the problem with Rwanda is their involvement in the Congo War.
     
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    Kagame wants to turn Rwanda into OLIGARCHY state!!!

    Anybody opposing Kagame's administration is regarded as an enemy. So many senior officers of Rwanda are being oppressed by Kagame whenever they try to tell the world about what is actually happening in Rwanda. He wants to force the world to believe that Rwanda is safe haven...

    As of now, Rwandan political structure does not guarantee sustainable peaceful enrivonment in the future. Kagame does not want criticism...he only wants praises (even if he is not worthy of)
     
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    Kagame is a great leader... Period
     
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    I heard a rumour that when Habyarimana died, mobutu sese wa seko sent his agents to Rwanda and made a major destruction in the banking system by stealing cash, as the country was not governed, so Kagame steal from DRC is revenging.
     
  14. Akwaba

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    To all of you guys focusing on the one party style of Rwanda. Or the apparent repression of some folks. Singapore does he exact same thing and has been doing it for more than 30 years. No one complains because the leadership there has achieved the Singapore miracle. The majority of the citizens don't care because they are wealthy. I am not saying this is good, I just wanted to point out the similarities.

    AFP: Singapore opposition leader sentenced to jail for contempt

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR-y5T9c_BA&feature=fvst
     
  15. Akwaba

    Akwaba Senior Member

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    I found more wood for the fire.

    allAfrica.com: Rwanda: Why Rwanda Succeeds Where Others Have Failed

    A senior Rwandan official told me recently that President Kagame has made it clear to whoever he works with that there is no room for failure in his own mind. He therefore expects everybody to succeed in whatever responsibility they are assigned, for that is the only way they will help him succeed as president. People who fail, especially because they are not pulling their weight or even worse, those who engage in impropriety, are seen as seeking to fail him. In Rwanda the price one pays for failure is high. It is in knowing that there is no escape from punishment for sloppiness or incompetence that people entrusted with responsibility take the trust vested in them extremely seriously. It may explain why it is not uncommon for public servants to resign their posts to spend more time with their families or to try their talents elsewhere. Local government, the arena in which most activities intended to improve the lives of ordinary Rwandans take place, has, arguably the highest turn-over of elected and appointed officials in Africa.
     
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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    Rwanda way foward,kaeni na majungu yenu...in 10 yrs mtakuwa mnaruka ukuta kuingia Rwanda kama mexicans in US kutafuta kazi.
     
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    The Quonquerer JF-Expert Member

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    Hakuna mtu wa kuruka ukuta kwenda Rwanda. Don't forget your nemesis, tribalism. Besides, Rwanda is still dirty poor and resources starved, both physical and human resource. U r like stupid Kenyans.
     
  18. Akwaba

    Akwaba Senior Member

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    Don't forget Singapore was also resource starved. I placed a quote of Singapore's premiere earlier where he mentioned that the Singapore miracle occurred because they were resource starved. So when the leader proposed difficult measures the people reacted and implemented them, rather than saying hey why don't we just use our oil, diamonds, gold etc....

    The resource curse really lies in the attitude of a nation towards its resources.
     
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    The problem, with us that instead of reading an article such as above and asking ourselves how can we take the positive out of this article and and do it here we dwell on old stories about Rwanda and Congo....

    Rwanda and Congo are now good friends.... Rwanda recently opened an embassy in Kinshasa and vice versa....sasa hizo old story have no place here in this forum...lets not dwell on old stories....

    Kama Congo na Rwanda wamekuwa marafiki...what is your concern....pick the good stuff out of this story and try to implement here...or is it because you know that what rwanda is doing cannot be done here because there is no political leadership to do it
     
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    JokaKuu Platinum Member

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    ..na sisi wa-Tanzania tupeleke wanajeshi wakaibe na ku rape DRC. halafu mali zitakazopatikana zitumike kujenga nchi yetu.
     
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