On the 28 th June, 2018, an extraordinary meeting of the GVTC Council of Ministers was held at Serena Hotel in Kigali (Rwanda). The delegates attending this meeting are the ministers in charge of Environment & Sustainable Development; Tourism, Wildlife and Antiques; Trade and Industry of the three partner States to the GVTC Treaty, namely the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda. This meeting, chaired by Hon. Munyeshyaka Vincent, Minister of Trade and Industry of Rwanda, was honored by the DRC delegation, led by Mr. José Ilanga, Director General and Representative of the DRC’s National Minister in charge of Environment and Sustainable Development; and the delegation of Uganda, led by Mr. Kiwanda Godefrey, Minister of State and representative of the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities of Uganda.
It is worth mentioning the presence of the DRC Embassy in Kigali, represented by Mrs. Alice Kimpembe, Chargé d’Affaires ai, alongside the technical advisers of the line ministers, the Executive Directors and / or their representatives of the three State conservation agencies of the three partner States, namely the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN-DRC), the Rwanda Development Board (RDB-Rwanda) and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA-Uganda).
In his welcome remarks, Hon. Munyeshyaka Vincent thanked his guests for having responded positively to the invitation convening this extraordinary meeting. He therefore recalled that the present meeting follows the regular meeting held in April 2018 in Kigali and that since that meeting, many achievements have been observed, although much remains to be done, especially in terms of GVTC Treaty ratification process. The Minister of Trade and Industry pointed out that Rwanda had taken this with a lot of commitment and that the steps are well on-going.
The Chair of the Council of Ministers thanked GVTC for its achievements in coordinating cross-border conservation efforts in the interest of three GVTC member countries. In this regard, he referred to the last report of the mountain gorilla census published by GVTC at the end of May 2018 which shows that the number of mounting gorillas is increasing (beyond 1000!) in the Greater Virunga Landscape.
At the end of these welcoming remarks by the Hon. Munyeshyaka Vincent, the meeting of the Council of Ministers reviewed the various themes dealt with and submitted to him by the Board of Directors of GVTC, held on May 31, 2018 in Rubavu (Rubavu). These themes successively covered the (i) the 2017 annual performance report; (ii) the Transboundary Strategic Plan (TSP) and Business Plan; (iii) the Work Plan for the next financial year; and (iv) the structure of GVTC staff and the modalities for its implementation.
It is expected that this extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers will be sanctioned by a final communiqué which will be published on the GVTC website.
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