Zoellick promises Rwanda energy support
13 August 2009
World Bank president Robert Zoellick has said more support will be given to Rwanda in its efforts to strengthen nationwide energy supply and infrastructure.
He is currently on a three-country tour of Africa and travelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo to pay a visit to the methane gas project in Rubavu.
According to a New Times article on AllAfrica.com, he agreed to help the landlocked region exploit its gas-producing potential, as well as assist a scheme aiming to supply 500 MW for 50 years via the International Finance Cooperation.
"The support will help Rwanda which has only six to seven per cent of its population accessing electricity, to avail necessary electricity that will help women and children enjoy good life," Mr Zoellick is quoted as saying.
Reuters also highlighted his visit to the country, which he said was "on the move" and had made good progress since 1994's genocide.
The bank's president also suggested Rwanda would benefit from agricultural investment.