Experts from the East African Community (EAC) said Rwanda has made a tremendous progress in establishing Traffic Management (TM) Regional Centre of Excellence.
The experts made the remarks after assessing the establishment progress in Kigali on January 20, 2014.
Rwanda was chosen among EAC to host the Regional Center of Excellence to improve traffic related issues across the region as well as for innovation, research and capacity building of Police officers.
The centre of excellence will be responsible for innovation, research and capacity building of Police officers in EAC in road traffic-related matters.
The head of the delegation, Assistant Commissioner of Police Kaguta Bazirakye of Burundi said they are impressed with the Rwanda National Police’s implementation progress and what has been achieved.
ACP Bazirakye is also the head of Peace and Security at the EAC secretariat.
“Rwanda National Police is special; they are doing a wonderful job. Rwanda has all it takes to host the centre and Police will help move it to the highest horizon,” ACP Bazirakye said.
The Inspector General of Rwanda National Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana said the force is committed to regional cooperation” and ready to host the Centre to support each other in policing.
The force also owns a mobile test lane and is in the process to open other five centres in different parts of the country.
He said that these initiatives will make the TM centre a vibrant one.
The IGP also explained that the force invested in Information Technology (IT) training to equip officers with necessary skills in order to professionally handle traffic issues.
The registration for driving licence tests and results are among the things that are currently done online.
“Through such training, we want to ensure that our personnel get skills and knowledge in IT, automobiles, engineering and other Traffic related issues,” he said.
Rwanda setup the Traffic and Road Safety Department, Remera motor vehicle inspection centre and Gishali Integrated Polytechnic in Rwamagana District to check on the mechanical faults of cars and give skills to officers.