Rural development, a growth-promoting sector in DRC, according to Prime Minister Sama Lukonde

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Kinshasa, January 10th, 2022 (CPA) – The Prime Minister, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, representing the President of the Republic at the 3rd Forum for Rural Development in Africa (FDRA) open, on Monday at River Hotel, in Kinshasa, argued in his opening speech of these meetings scheduled from January 10th to 12th, that the rural development sector is considered as one of the growth and development sectors in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The central theme of this forum is: « Decentralized planning of rural transformation by capitalizing on experiences », it is indicated. Its objectives are to identify evolving practices in rural transformation planning, to share lessons learned on south-south cooperation, multisectoral and intersectoral approaches to rural transformation and to approve the document entitled “Operational Strategy of the implementation of the Master Plan for Rural Development in Africa”.

The Prime Minister, proud of the honor bestowed on his government to host these meetings in Kinshasa, wished to see this third edition of FDRA, organized by the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), in collaboration with partners, and placed under the high patronage of the President of the Republic and current President of the African Union, lead to relevant resolutions.

Rural development as seen by the Sama Lukonde government

« I do myself the honor to salute the leadership of His Excellency Mr. Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Republic, whom I have the honor to represent today, and who recommended that we include in the government program 2021-2023, actions related in particular to the promotion of income-generating activities in rural and peri-urban areas as well as the promotion of associations and cooperatives of women market gardeners, breeders and fishermen ”, declared the Head of Government.

He added that his government’s ambition is to regularize the productive role of the rural world focused on supporting and strengthening smallholders and promoting the private sectors, while reassuring the protection of the country’s natural resources.

« However, in this period of financial, economic and health crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the assistance of African Union organizations, in particular NEPAD, is beneficial to support the decentralized planning of rural transformation by the capitalization of experiences and the implementation of an operational strategy of the Master Plan for rural development in Africa”, he added.

Finally, the Head of the Congolese Government encouraged, through the organization of this third forum, all stakeholders to examine how investment and partnership policies should be articulated around the fundamental objective, for « a program integrated rural development on the continent”, a whole “Master plan for rural development in Africa” which will serve, he stressed, as a strategic framework of orientation and reference.

Sector ministers from some member countries, experts, civil society actors, technical and financial development partners as well as local authorities participate in this FDRA. ACP /