Wolfang Treis, Mayor of the town of Mayen, sees 'huge potential in the digitalisation of governance processes, especially for joint and mutual learning'. The town of Mayen is supporting the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration during the project by acting as a model municipality in matters of practical work.
Bernhard Eck, Chair of the Board at the waste management and disposal company Landau (EWL), also sees digitalisation as presenting a good opportunity for mutual dialogue, particularly as regards municipal cost accounting: 'Our routines have been in place for many years, which makes it difficult to rethink structures and try out new approaches. Since Rwanda is at the beginning of this process there are many ways in which we can work together'.
Stefan Heck, Director of the Municipal Academy Rhineland-Palatinate in Boppard, which in its project partnership is focusing on improving the training of local authority staff, said how impressed he was with the lessons learned and the meetings in the districts: 'People's kindness and warm-heartedness impressed me deeply. That fact that we were able to develop really concrete areas for cooperation within a week was a great outcome!'
As the pilot project unfolds over the designated period from 2018 to 2010, it will develop in different ways in each individual partnership. Alongside general and regular knowledge transfer, possible platforms for exchange will include for instance expert missions to Rwanda or Rhineland-Palatinate, temporary placements, and exchange programmes between the local governance training institutions. Furthermore, in the autumn of this year the German Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) is planning to hold a course on intercultural skills and country analysis for the participants from Rhineland-Palatinate. One network meeting each for the Rhineland-Palatinate and the Rwandan participants is scheduled for 2019.