On 09th December 2020, Mr. Aimable Gahigi, the Director General together with the Senior Management at Meteo Rwanda received a delegation from Finland led by Honourable Kai Sauer, Vice Minister for Foreign and Security Policy of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of FINLAND. Their discussions focused on potential areas of collaboration between Finnish Meteorological Institute and Meteo Rwanda.
At Meteo Rwanda premises, they visited the weather studio, Server room, Gitega Weather Station and the Weather/Climate Services and Application Office. They were informed on how meteorological data are recorded, processed and how weather forecast is produced and disseminated.
There is ongoing discussions on the Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda Meteorology Agency and Finnish Meteorological Institute. Both the Director General of Meteo Rwanda and Honourable Kai Sauer pledged their commitment to ensure the MoU is signed and operationalized in near future. Some of key areas whereby Rwanda Meteorological Agency can collaborate with Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) include:
- Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP); The main objective for the NWP system is the production of operational weather forecasts for the public services, with particular emphasis on the detection and forecasting of severe weather and services related to public and properties safety.
- SmartMet - High-end forecaster tools and production system: This can be very useful in production and dissemination of forecast for Meteo Rwanda. (The Finnish Meteorological Institute provides meteorological forecaster workstation software and forecast production systems in modernization projects. These systems are fully developed in FMI originally to create the world leading weather forecast production system. The systems are in daily operational use in FMI and developed constantly.
- Air quality expert Services including: Air quality assessment in cities and other specific areas; Air quality measurements, modeling and forecast; Air quality instrumentation among others.
- Meteorological expert services and weather information system; hydro meteorological services and high end users forecaster tool and production system.
- Wind Services to wind power Sector: This will increase Meteo Rwanda’s skills to set the local threshold of wind and the ability to predict wind speed and direction as well as to provide commercial services for wind energy sector and takes actively part to national and international research projects related to wind energy. The service includes Wind measurements, Wind potential analysis, Long Term wind and wind power indexes, wind power production forecast, offshore services and establishment of wind atlas.
Apart from Meteo Rwanda, the delegation visited other Goverment institutions namely: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Rwanda Development Board, Workforce Development Authority (WDA) among others.