Maliehe Maliehe Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry, and Cooperative and Marketing from Lesotho has given thumbs up the decision taken by the Government of Rwanda to consider cooperatives as a strong poverty eradication tool.
He made the remarks during the study tour in Kigali on February 11, 2014.
Maliehe alongside other officials from Lesotho are visiting Rwanda to ascertain Rwanda’s approach to build one of the sustainable and viable Cooperative movement in the region.
Hon. Maliehe Maliehe said: “We learnt from our research that The Government of Rwanda is busy working on strengthening Cooperative movement and we are here to learn how cooperatives are run and administered”.
He added that as part of the commitment of the Kingdom of Lesotho to cooperatives development to alleviate poverty and facilitate job creation through viable and sustainable cooperative societies.
While in Rwanda the team is expected to explore areas of collaboration such as training, supervision and regulation of cooperatives.
Hon.Minister François Kanimba told the delegation that Cooperatives are considered as one of the best tools to speed up achievements in various national programs towards the Vision 2020.
“Cooperative Movement in Rwanda contributes now to the economic wellbeing of more than 2 million people members, most of them living in rural areas,” Kanimba said.
He explained that cooperatives legally registered are more than five thousand and have been formed in various sectors of Rwanda economy.
Among them are agriculture and livestock, arts and handcrafts, housing, mining, transport, financial cooperatives.
The delegation is also expected to visit mainly Cooperatives in agricultural sector in the Northern province.
Areas of learning and sharing of experiences will include production value chain and market access, cooperatives access to finance, supervision and legislation among others.