Ministry of Infrastructure (Rwanda)
The Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA; Kinyarwanda: Ministeri y'Ibikorwaremezo; French: Ministère des Infrastructures) is a department of the Government of Rwanda. The Ministry is responsible for infrastructure policy and development throughout the country. Claver Gatete is the current Minister of Infrastructure in the Government of the Republic of Rwanda. Prior to that, he has served his Government in different capacities; Minister of Finance and Economic Planning (2013-2018); Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda (2011-2013) and High Commissioner to the UK, Ireland and Iceland,(2005 - 2009).
The ministry was founded after Rwandan independence in 1962 as the Ministry for Technical Businesses. Three years later it was renamed to the Ministry of Public services. Following the military coup which brought President Juvenal Habyarimana to power, the ministry was renamed again to the Ministry of Public Services and Energy. It retained this name until 1980, when it was expanded to include a water remit. The Ministry of Public Services was retained after the 1994 Rwandan genocide, reverting first to its former title of Ministry of Public Services and Energy, from 1994 then back to its 1960s title of Ministry of Public Services (MINITRAP) in 1997 and to the new name of Ministry of Public Services, Transport and Communication in 1999. The Ministry gained its current name Ministry of Infrastructure in 2002.
The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Infrastructure. Since it gained its current incarnation, Ministers have included:
Duties and responsibilitiesEdit
The Ministry's mission statement, as stated on its website, is "to ensure the sustainable development of infrastructure and contribute to economic growth with a view to enhancing the quality of life of the population." Its remit includes overseeing maintenance and development of infrastructure in Rwanda including transport, energy, habitat and urbanism, meteorology, and water and sanitation.
- Ministry of Infrastructure, Republic of Rwanda. "History of the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA)".
- Article: Minor cabinet reshuffle in Rwanda
- Rwanda: New Ministers Speak Out By Edmund Kagire, 4 December 2009
- Ministry of Infrastructure, Republic of Rwanda. "MISSION AND PURPOSE OF THE MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE".