13th National Leadership Retreat – Gabiro School of Infantry, Gatsibo District
The 13th National Leadership retreat was held at the RDF Combat Training Centre in Gabiro (Gatsibo District) from 12 to 14 March, 2016 under the theme: “Reaffirming Brand Rwanda”.
The 2016 annual National Leadership Retreat brought together Rwanda’s senior leaders to discuss national priorities, affirm the country’s shared vision to become a knowledge driven, middle-income country by 2020 and renew momentum to achieve development objectives.
President Kagame chaired the retreat and delivered opening and closing remarks. The retreat also included a presentation from the Prime Minister on the implementation status of 2015 Leadership Retreat recommendations.
The National Leadership Retreat concept has been adapted and refers to a gathering of the country’s senior leaders to solve ongoing challenges. This year’s retreat particularly took stock on commitments made to citizens and discuss sectors that still require improvement in delivery of leaders’ promises.
Over 250 leaders from Central Government, Local Government, parastatals and the private sector attended the 13th National Leadership Retreat.
Key topics discussed are:
- Reaffirming Brand Rwanda: Improving Delivery to achieve Vision 2020
The retreat assessed the progress the country has made towards achieving national targets, in all sectors of the economy. Leaders discussed challenges hampering delivery across the board, as well as propose solutions to fast track delivery. In particular, the discussion centred on proposals to improve delivery and growth that do not require significant budgetary resources.
- Made In Rwanda: Revamping the Manufacturing Sector
For Rwanda to reach the Vision 2020 targets, the share of manufacturing needs to increase to 26% of GDP. However, despite numerous reforms undertaken so far in “Easing Doing Business” and the incentives provided in the Investment Code, the share of Manufacturing to GDP has remained in the 12%-14% bracket since 2000, highlighting challenges Rwanda still faces in making the manufacturing sector competitive.
It was therefore important that the Government revisits its industrial policy and take measures aimed at improving the competitiveness and capabilities of domestic firms in order to meet the local and export markets’ demand and promoting structural transformation.
- The Rwandan Child: guaranteeing rights, promoting social welfare
The government of Rwanda recognizes family as the nucleus of support for the optimal development of the child, and as such investments have been geared towards positive parenting, Early Childhood Development, and facilitating every child, regardless of whether they have parental care, to be raised in a loving family environment.
Furthermore, through a number of laws, policies, strategies and interventions, Rwanda has made significant strides towards protecting children and promoting their rights. Efforts to reduce stunting and eliminate chronic malnutrition are at the peak of their momentum. Despite ongoing initiatives in advancing the rights of children, a number of challenges still remain. These include; rampant teenage pregnancies; irresponsible parenting, increasing number of street children; child labor, abuse and neglect and school dropout etc.
Following the participants’ discussions, the following resolutions were made:
- Gukaza ingamba zo gukurikirana ishyirwa mu bikorwa ry’imyanzuro ifatirwa mu Mwiherero w’Abayobozi, Inama y’Igihugu y’Umushyikirano no mu zindi nama nkuru zifatirwamo ibyemezo kugira ngo imyanzuro yose iba yafashwe ijye ishyirwa mu bikorwa neza kandi ku gihe.
- Gushyira imbaraga mu kugaruza umutungo wa Leta wanyerejwe no kurwanya ruswa iyo ariyo yose, kandi mu byiciro byose.
- Kunoza uburyo bwo kwegeranya ibimenyetso ku cyaha cya ruswa n’ibindi byaha, kandi igihe cyose habonetse amakuru ajyanye na ruswa, inzego zibishinzwe zikihutira gufata ibyemezo bikwiye byo mu rwego rw’akazi no kubikurikirana mu nkiko, kandi abatanga amakuru bakarushaho kurengerwa no kubishishikarizwa.
- Kugabanya ku buryo bugaragara ingendo z’akazi zikorerwa mu bihugu byo hanze hagasigara izifitiye akamaro Igihugu, kandi aho bishoboka hakajya hakoreshwa gusa abahagarariye u Rwanda mu mahanga.
- Kwihutisha ibikorwa bigenda gahoro byo mu Cyerekezo 2020, Gahunda y’Imbaturabukungu ya kabiri (EDPRS2) na Gahunda ya Guverinoma y’Imyaka 7 (7YGP), kugira ngo byubahirize ingengabihe yagenwe kandi birusheho gutanga umusaruro.
- Kunoza itangwa rya servisi zihabwa abaturage mu nzego zose za Leta n’iz’abikorera hifashishijwe ikoranabuhanga (online services) nka Rwanda online, kandi abaturage bakarushaho gusobanurirwa uko rikoreshwa.
- Kwihutisha ishyirwa mu bikorwa rya gahunda zifasha abahinzi n’aborozi kubonera ifumbire n’imbuto ku gihe hanashyirwa imbaraga mu gushyiraho gahunda zo gutuburira imbuto z’indobanure no gukorera ifumbire mu Gihugu, no kubunganira mu buryo buhoraho mu gucunga amazi n’ibikoresho byo kuhira mu byanya byatunganyijwe (big irrigation schemes) kugira ngo hongerwe umusaruro ku buryo bugaragara.
- Gushyira mu bikorwa ku buryo buhamye amasezerano hagati y’abahinzi-borozi n’abanyenganda agamije kongera umusaruro no kuwugemurira inganda kugira ngo zongere ubushobozi bwazo (operation capacity).
- Guhindura imyumvire (mindset) y’Abanyarwanda kugira ngo turusheho gukunda no gukoresha ibikorerwa mu Rwanda no gushyiraho uburyo bwo gukurikirana uko bishyirwa mu bikorwa.
- Guteza imbere ku buryo bwihariye inganda zongerera agaciro ibiboneka mu Rwanda: ibiti, amata, impu, amabuye n’inganda zikora imyenda n’inkweto.
- Gutangiza gahunda yo korohereza Abanyarwanda kuzigama no kwiteganyiriza mu buryo burambye (long term saving scheme) no kongera ubushobozi bwa BRD kugira ngo
irusheho gushyigikira inganda
- Gukaza umurego mu gushyira mu bikorwa ingamba zo kubungabunga uburenganzira bw’abana n’izo guca ikibazo cy’imirire mibi yabo, gukumira impamvu zituma abana bajya mu mihanda cyangwa bata amashuri, no guca burundu icuruzwa ry’abantu.
- Gukurikirana abantu bose barebera bakanahishira abahohotera abana, cyane cyane abayobozi, no guhana ababyeyi batita ku bana babo.
- Kwihutisha iyubakwa rya Laboratwari y’Igihugu ipima ibya DNA n’ibindi bifitanye isano nayo (Rwanda Forensic Laboratory) kugira ngo itangire gukora.
12th National Leadership Retreat – Gabiro School of Infantry, Gatsibo District
The 12th National Leadership Retreat, known also as Umwiherero, was held in Gabiro in Gatsibo District at the Rwanda Defence Forces Combat Training Centre. The retreat was held from 28 February – 2 March 2015 under the theme: “Common Vision, New Momentum”.
The retreat was presided over by President Paul Kagame. In his opening remarks, President Kagame called on leaders to efficiently deliver on their responsibilities and work more closely with citizens.
The following topics were discussed at the 12th National Leadership Retreat:
Leaders’ accountability – Rethinking the government’s approach to delivery
Infrastructure development to support planned urbanisation
Leveraging public private partnership to tap the full potential of the MICE sector
Reviewing the performance of health systems and enhancing the quality of health service delivery
Accountability to women and children for sustained development
Following the participants’ discussions, the following resolutions were made:
- Make a list of stalled government projects, establish deadlines for their completion and report projects with suspicion of corruption, as well as those stalled due to leaders’ irresponsibility, to the prosecution for investigation.
- Share information and break the networking and complicity in corruption cases to end the culture of covering up corrupt officials.
- Initiate legal procedures against officials involved in embezzlement and misappropriation of funds meant to be used for programmes improving citizens’ welfare, notably the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP), Ubudehe, Girinka, FARG and in the health care system.
- Find markets for maize production from the first phase of the Agricultural Season A 2015 and search for market opportunities for other Crop Intensification Programme products – alongside sustainable farming mechanisms. The Ministry of Trade and Industry will play a leading role in value addition and in promoting the trade and production of agricultural and animal husbandry products.
- Empower districts to implement management and maintenance of rural water supply projects.
- Complete comprehensive preparations for water supply projects to facilitate investment in the sector, review the cost of water, taking into consideration the actual production cost and the beneficiaries’ purchasing power, and allocate enough funding for water supply projects.
- Empower districts to implement master plans and establish guidelines for land use in towns.
- Review land location tariffs for effective land use and management.
- Facilitate investors in low cost housing through the provision of basic infrastructure such as water, roads and electricity.
- Review the health care system, the cost of medical services and harmonise the cooperation of hospitals and health insurance companies.
- Increase efforts in malaria prevention activities especially in the distribution of mosquito bed nets and drugs, clearing bushes around households, spraying anti mosquito insecticides, and studying the feasibility of bed nets factory in Rwanda.
- Reform service delivery for specialised medical services.
- Conduct maintenance of Shyira Hospital by providing the hospital with the required materials, staff as well as electricity.
- Fight women and child abuse wherever it might happen by all possible means including sanctions against bystanders and accelerate the establishment of One Stop Centres in all districts.
- Increase infrastructure for conference tourism, the maintenance of museums and grow tourist destinations to attract more tourists for longer stays in Rwanda.
- Strengthen the Rwanda Convention Bureau through sharing timely information on planned conferences so that it can liaise with the Private Sector Federation in promoting MICE tourism.
11th National Leadership Retreat – Gabiro School of Infantry, Gatsibo District
The 11th National Leadership Retreat took place from 8-10 March 2014. More than 250 members of cabinet, ambassadors, mayors and heads of key government agencies, senior members of the legislature and judiciary, and representatives of the private sector gathered at Gabiro School of Infantry in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province. The theme for the retreat was “Accountable Governance”.
The retreat discussed the role of education, governance and private sector as key to achieving EDPRS2 and Vision 2020. Discussions focused on improving the quality of basic education, improving planning, coordination and service delivery as well as mechanisms to accelerate private sector growth.
10th National Leadership Retreat – Gabiro School of Infantry, Gatsibo District
The 10th National Leadership Retreat took place from 28-30 March 2013 at the Gabiro School of Infantry in Gatsibo District. The theme for the retreat was “Working Together to Deliver EDPRS II”.
9th National Leadership Retreat – Gako Military Academy, Bugesera District
Held between 3-7 March 2012 at the Gako Military Academy in Bugesera District, the theme of the 9th National Leadership Retreat was “Consolidating Citizen-Centered Development”. It was attended by approximately 250 leaders from various ministries, local government, as well as parastatals and invited private sector representatives.
In 2012, emphasis was placed on development at the district level with special attention given to the approaches adopted by these districts to improve the quality of life among citizens at the grassroots level. Another key topic of discussion was the need to improve coordination of public service delivery, especially in light of a rapidly evolving institutional and policy architecture designed to support transformation at the socio-economic level.
It was also an opportunity to showcase successful Home Grown Solutions from well-performing districts and to draw lessons that could be of use in other parts of the country. The overall objective of the retreat was to reflect on ways to improve both Rwandan public and private services and refocus on the importance of reducing poverty through job creation at the local level.
To download the concept note for the 9th National Leadership Retreat, click here.
8th National Leadership Retreat – Lake Kivu, Rubavu District
The 8th National Leadership Retreat, held between 1-4 March 2011 at Lake Kivu in Rubavu District, addressed the theme “Accelerating the Progress to Vision 2020”. As the first retreat of a new presidential term, it was an opportunity to lay out strategies for the coming seven year term to propel Rwanda towards the goals established in the Vision 2020 national strategic plan.
The retreat brought together senior officials from public sector institutions as well as representatives of the private sector to discuss how best to deliver on the key strategic priorities central to Rwanda’s economic and social development.
The retreat focused on two overarching goals:
- The reduction of Rwanda’s trade deficit by boosting exports and increasing domestic production of consumer goods through small and medium enterprises
- Job creation as a means to improve the quality of life for Rwandans
Beyond establishing policy goals, however, organisers placed significant emphasis on how to deliver tangible outcomes and finding innovative ways to overcome barriers to implementation.
To access the full concept note for the 8th National Leadership Retreat, click here.
7th National Leadership Retreat – Lake Kivu, Rubavu District
The 7th National Leadership Retreat was held from 20-23 February 2010 at Lake Kivu in Rubavu District. President Paul Kagame opened the proceedings, followed by speeches from the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies and the Chief Justice. The Prime Minister reported on progress towards achieving the 2009 resolutions, identifying areas of success and assessing why others failed to progress as expected. This allowed participants and organisers to revisit approaches to implementation and to improve strategic planning. The priorities for the retreat came from 2010/11 actions plans established within government institutions along with policies outlined in the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction StrategY (EDPRS) actions plans. Commitments that emerged from the previous Umushyikirano and Imihigo were also taken into consideration.
There were presentations from the Office of the Ombudsman on “Barriers to Delivery”, “Vision 2020 Update and Economic Overview” from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) and a general reflection among all participants on the topic,“Critical Self-Evaluation and Policy-Making to Implement Past Resolutions”.
For more information, download the concept note and the resolutions implementation review for the 7th National Leadership Retreat.
6th National Leadership Retreat – Lake Kivu, Rubavu District
The 6th National Leadership Retreat was held from 15-20 February 2009 at Lake Kivu in Rubavu District. The event brought together ministers, permanent secretaries, governors of the different provinces, the Mayor of the City of Kigali, as well as the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, ambassadors and senior officials from other government institutions. These included the Rwanda National Police, the Office of the Ombudsman, the National Security Services, the National Bank of Rwanda, Rwanda Revenue Authority, and the Rwanda Bureau of Standards. Representatives of the Private Sector Federation also attended.
The theme for the 2009 retreat was “Beyond Aid: Mindset for Delivery and Development” and the focus was on removing key barriers to development to enable Rwanda to shift from aid dependency to self-reliance. Each day of the retreat was dedicated to an in-depth investigation of the mindset and policy barriers across sectors of the economy, society, and governance.
The following were among the keynote addresses from this retreat:
- The Presidential keynote address on the ‘Culture of Mediocrity’
- The Prime Minister presented on the ‘State of Government Execution & Delivery'
- The President of Senate on the ‘State of Legislative Process & Delivery’
- The Speaker of Chamber of Deputies on the ‘State of Legislative Process & Delivery’
- The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on the ‘State of Judicial Process and Delivery’
- The President of the Private Sector Federation on the ‘State of Customer Service Delivery and Can-Do-Attitude’
The key conclusions from the 6th National Leadership Retreat included the rejection of a culture of ‘mediocrity’, a determined focus on delivery and development; earning dignity through hard work to end aid dependency; greater job creation and enhancing vocational capacity as examples of ways to achieve sustainable economic growth; improving the culture of customer service in the public as well as the private sectors; empowering youth and improving quality of life for children and their mothers; zero tolerance policy for corruption and maximal accountability.
To download the concept note for the 6th National Leadership Retreat, click here.
5th National Leadership Retreat – Akagera Game Lodge, Kayonza District
The 5th National Leadership Retreat took place from 24-28 February 2008 at the Akagera Game Lodge in Kayonza District. The retreat brought together government ministers, permanent secretaries, provincial governors, the mayor of the City of Kigali, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, ambassadors and senior officials from other government institutions. These included the Rwanda National Police, the Office of the Ombudsman, the National Security Services, the National Bank of Rwanda, Rwanda Revenue Authority and Rwanda Bureau of Standards. Representatives of the Private Sector Federation, the Secretary General of the Rwandan Patriotic Front and leaders from Rwanda's universities also attended.
Participants at the retreat discussed solutions that would enhance economic growth and further national development. President Paul Kagame stressed that while Rwanda was praised abroad for successful development policies, such initiatives needed to be sustainable and continue to improve the lives of Rwandans. The President urged attendees, from both the public and private sectors, to exchange ideas on how to implement and sustain such a vision. Discussions took place on strategic planning in the areas of agriculture and justice and participants were urged to embrace a work ethic that would deliver concrete outcomes so that each new retreat would register new milestones.
The President’s address was followed by a speech from the President of the Senate who presented the accomplishments from the previous year and the plan for other government institutions. The President of the Chamber of Deputies highlighted the importance of every Rwandan taking responsibility for developing their community rather than expecting change to come from the outside.
To download a copy of the resolutions taken at the 5th National Leadership Retreat, click here.
4th National Leadership Retreat – Akagera Game Lodge, Kayonza District
The 4th National Leadership Retreat was held from 13-17 February 2007 at the Akagera Game Lodge, Kayonza District. The retreat brought together government ministers, permanent secretaries, provincial governors, the mayor of the City of Kigali, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, ambassadors and senior officials from other government institutions. These included the Rwanda National Police, the Office of the Ombudsman, the National Security Services, the National Bank of Rwanda, Rwanda Revenue Authority and Rwanda Bureau of Standards. Representatives of the Private Sector Federation, the Secretary General of the Rwandan Patriotic Front and leaders from Rwanda's universities also attended.
In his opening address, President Paul Kagame spoke of the need to work together towards a common goal with a shared vision for the country and that this philosophy should guide the government for the coming year. The President offered the example of East Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia, as well as Japan and China, where citizens were urged to embrace national development goals. The President stressed the importance of these retreats as an accountability mechanism by assessing results achieved against decisions made the previous year.
The topics addressed at the retreat were:
- The challenge of providing social assistance to disadvantaged populations | Presented by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC)
- Capacity building initiatives within the public service
- Progress in the energy sector | Presented by the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA).
To download the resolutions taken at the 4th National Leadership Retreat, click here.
3rd National Leadership Retreat – Akagera Game Lodge, Kayonza District
The 3rd National Leadership Retreat was held from 12-17 February 2006 at the Akagera Game Lodge in Kayonza District. The retreat brought together government ministers, permanent secretaries, provincial governors, the mayor of the City of Kigali, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, ambassadors and senior officials from other government institutions. These included the Rwanda National Police, the Office of the Ombudsman, the National Security Services, the National Bank of Rwanda, Rwanda Revenue Authority and Rwanda Bureau of Standards. Representatives of the Private Sector Federation, the Secretary General of the Rwandan Patriotic Front and leaders from Rwanda's universities also attended.
In his opening speech, President Paul Kagame spoke of the importance of interdependency, noting that government institutions were evolving to adopt a more collaborative approach than in the past. The retreat commenced with a report on progress made against recommendations adopted at the 2nd National Leadership Retreat. This was followed by discussion across a diverse range of topics, including: an overview of the energy situation; public sector performance; issues related to monitoring and evaluation; the role of competitiveness and innovation in achieving prosperity; the role of foreign missions in economic advancement; the development of human resources and institutional capacity building; and regional economic integration along with Rwanda’s membership in international organisations.
To view the resolutions from the 3rd National Leadership Retreat, click here.
2nd National Leadership Retreat – Akagera Game Lodge, Kayonza District
The 2nd National Leadership Retreat was held from 16-20 January 2005 at the Akagera Game Lodge, Kayonza District. The event brought together ministers and permanent secretaries, provincial governors, the mayor of the City of Kigali, directors of institutions such as the National Bank of Rwanda, Rwanda Bureau of Standards, Rwanda Revenue Authority, the Rwandan Bank of Development, Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Agency, Office of the Ombudsman, as well as representatives from the private sector.
In his keynote address, President Paul Kagame spoke of the need for close cooperation between institutions, urging a corporate approach to nation building. President Kagame also emphasised that debate over policy development were less urgent than questions of coordination, harmonisation and implementation. The Prime Minister presented a review of progress against resolutions adopted at the 1st National Leadership Retreat. This allowed participants to examine why some resolutions had not been implemented and to readjust them for the future.
A wide range of presentations and discussions followed, covering topics such as: national savings; budget and fiscal policy; revenues from agriculture and exports; Umuganda; health; education and an assessment of policies to develop commercial centres in rural areas through public-private partnerships. Representatives from the United Nations Development Program and other members of the diplomatic corp also attended to present the “Millennium Project Report”.
To download a copy of the resolutions from the 2nd National Leadership Retreat, click here.
1st National Leadership Retreat – Akagera Game Lodge, Kayonza District
The 1st National Leadership Retreat was held from 10- 17 January 2004 at the Akagera Game Lodge, Kayonza District. The retreat gathered senior officials such as ministers and permanent secretaries, provincial governors, the mayor of the City of Kigali, as well as representatives from the private sector. As the first gathering of its kind, the inaugural National Leadership Retreat focused on the general direction of government policy, identifying changes to current approaches and initiatives that had not proven successful, while highlighting those with good results for accelerating development for the benefit of all Rwandans.
In his keynote address, President Paul Kagame spoke of the reasons behind the institutionalisation of Umwiherero as a means to confront the development challenges facing the country. Among those challenges, President Kagame identified poverty as a critical issue affecting millions of Rwandans and urged government leaders to work together to achieve economic development to improve the quality of life for Rwandans. President Kagame also addressed key economic resolutions adopted by the government as part of Vision 2020, aimed at achieving growth and social change. He encouraged participants to draw on their knowledge and expertise, as well as that of their colleagues, to continuously enhance Rwanda's economic prospects.
This was followed by a range of presentations that laid out the goals to be achieved by government institutions and their implementation plans for the year ahead.
To download the full report for the 1st National Leadership Retreat, click here.