Validation process of Integrated Development Strategy of the City of Kigali (CoK) (IDS 2018 – 2024), which consolidate the activities of all the districts that make up the City of Kigali is closely to the end.
This is the first strategy since the introduction of the reforms that give the City of Kigali the responsibility to coordinate the planning functions of its three districts namely Nyarugenge, Gasabo and Kicukiro.
As you know the new law nº 22/2019, governing the organization and functioning of the City of Kigali was published two months ago, on 29th July 2019. As per this law, the City has autonomy and the responsibility to coordinate the planning function at both the District and City levels.
It is in this framework that the CoK integrated Development Strategy project was initiated to consolidate various planning tools and documents including the City Development Strategy, the three District Development Strategies, and many other sectoral strategic planning documents such as the Kigali Master Plan which is under review.
Speaking at the fourth validation workshop of the integrated development strategy on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, City of Kigali Mayor Pudence Rubingisa said the strategy is critical in the process to centralise all activities in Kigali.
“We now have one budget for the city as a whole, which means we are consolidating efforts. The city will determine the budget for each district. The districts will be acting as implementing agencies,” he explained.
“The strategy will also help the City of Kigali to easily approach investors, banks and other stakeholders in case we need them (for financing) while implementing the city’s development projects,” Mayor Rubingisa added.
The strategy, which runs from 2018 to 2024, places a strong emphasis on the pillars of the 7 Years Government Programme: National Strategy for Transformation. (NST 1, 2017 – 2024) as well as those of the National Urbanization Policy.
These goals are namely: City of diverse, vibrant, and inclusive economy, City of sustainable infrastructure and resource management; City of affordable homes and neighbourhoods; City of happy and healthy residents; City of enchanting nature and diversity, and the City of endearing character and local identity.
Integrated Development Strategy is expected to come into force January next year, but before that, the strategy awaits the City Council’s approval before its implementation.