Ambassador Claver Gatete

Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa, USAID

Amb. Claver Gatete is a Rwandan politician and former ambassador, who currently serves as the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning in the Rwandan government. He has previously served as the Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda and as Rwanda’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Iceland.

Upon the completion of his university studies, Gatete worked in Canada as an economist between 1991 and 1997, and then worked as the national economist with the United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda until 2000.

In October 2001, Gatete joined the office of the president as the president’s personal representative to NEPAD, before being appointed the Secretary General and Secretary to the Treasury in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in November 2003, a position he held until September 2005.[2]

From November 2005 until December 2009, Gatete was Rwanda’s ambassador to the UK, Ireland and Iceland, before joining the National Bank of Rwanda as the deputy governor. He then served as the Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda from May 2011, before his appointment as the Minister of Finance.

“Our goal is clear: achieve food self-sufficiency for Africa in ten years, eliminate malnutrition and hunger and move Africa to the top of agricultural value chains.” – Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

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