Rwanda’s central and local government officials on Friday signed new performance contracts, locally known as Imihigo pledging, to deliver on key activities within a specific timeframe in the financial year 2017/2018.

Mayors, ministers and leaders of different institutions made the commitment at a ceremony presided over by Rwandan President Paul Kagame at Parliament.

The areas of focus include economic development, social development as well governance and justice, each spearheaded by the line ministries.

The performance contracts are geared at easing planning process as well as ensuring effectiveness.

“We need to improve the way we work together. There must be consequences for any failure to coordinate among each other,” Kagame told the officials.

“What Imihigo shows us is that we still have areas we need to improve. We need to do what it takes to improve and reach our goals,” he said.

The Rwandan government introduced Imihigo in 2006 as part of efforts to promote decentralization and fast track economic development.

The government last month outlined development priority areas within the next seven years as the country races toward middle income status by 2020. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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