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  Donna Thiessen 

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USTDA PROMOTES THE DEVELOPMENT
OF THE RWANDAN ENERGY SECTOR

 

KIGALI, RWANDA – (October 31, 2006) Supporting the growth of the energy sector in Rwanda and strengthening the U.S.—Rwandan trade relationship are the goals of two separate USTDA grants awarded to the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure. The grants reflect the agency’s ongoing commitment to the Rwandan government in its efforts to establish the necessary infrastructure required for long-term economic growth.

 

The grants were announced today at the first meeting under the recently signed U.S. - Rwanda Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Michael R. Arietti and Rwandan Minister of State in Charge of Energy and Communications Albert Butare signed both grants on behalf of the U.S. and Rwandan governments, respectively.

 

The first grant, in the amount of $364,740, is designed to assist the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure in determining the best ownership structure and financing plan for the Nyaborongo and Rukarara hydropower projects. The technical assistance will analyze different arrangements for the projects including private investment, public private partnership, public investment and commercial and concessional debt arrangements to ascertain the most viable approach to each project’s development.

 

As it seeks to develop the necessary aviation infrastructure to support projected use, ADM needs to proceed with a strategic plan aimed at identifying investment options. To this end, the USTDA-funded study will assist ADM in determining the requirements of expanding one of the three airports, focusing on market forecasts and the technical, financial and legal feasibility of the project.

 

The second grant, valued at $150,603, will fund the first part of a possible two-phase study for the Ministry of Infrastructure that will establish the feasibility of extending an oil pipeline from Kampala, Uganda to Kigali, Rwanda and possibly Bujumbura, Burundi. This first phase will focus on a market analysis of oil products in Rwanda and Burundi. It will also include an assessment of the required size of the pipeline extension. The proposed extension of the pipeline is driven both by the growing markets for oil products in the region and by the urgent need to reduce the high cost of delivering oil products by road.

 

The competitive contracting opportunities associated with the USTDA grants will be announced on the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fedbizopps.gov. U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions contained in the Federal Business Opportunities announcement. The Ministry of Infrastructure will select the U.S. firms that will provide the USTDA-funded assistance.

 

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, feasibility studies, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA’s strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development. In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.

 

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