Africa > East Africa > Rwanda


Capital: Kigali , GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 5.9%
Key Facts
Full name: Republic of Rwanda
Population: 10.9 million (UN, 2011)
Area: 26,338 sq km (10,169 sq miles)
Major languages: Kinyarwanda (official), French (official), English (official), Swahili
Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs
Life expectancy: 54 years (men), 57 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Rwandan franc = 100 centimes
Main exports: Coffee, tea, hides, tin ore
GNI per capita: US $520 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .rw
International dialling code: +250

  • Rwanda's Kagame meets Israel's leadership, looks to 'reinforcing cooperation'


    Kagame’s relationship with Israel extends back to 1994, at the same time as he was instrumental in putting an end to the genocide there that killed an estimated one million people.

    Israel has enhanced Rwanda’s security capacity to transaction with terrorist threats coming from jihadist groups both from the Horn of Africa and the western part of the continent, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

  • Africa's Relationship With China Is Ancient History


    In 2002 South Africa's Parliament unveiled a digital reproduction of a map - of China, the Middle East and Africa - that some speculated could be the initial map of the African continent. The Da Ming Hun Yi Tu - the Comprehensive Map of the Great Ming Empire - was drawn up around 1389 during the Ming Dynasty, according to historian Hyunhee Park.

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Dr Harnet Bokrezion, co-author of the book 101 Ways to Make Money in Africa


    Many decisions for market entry in Africa are made on the basis of market size. Some decision-makers will consider market maturity, level of local infrastructure development, or certain business links they have by presently established in a certain market prior to entry.

  • Investment Rwanda:


    In the MID-2000s, additional than 1,500 individuals joined hands to set up a strong business company to spur investment in Nyamagabe, which was again one of the poorest districts in the country.

    The aim was to help transform local economy and contribute to speeding up local and national development.

    Ten years later, the company has additional than 900 active shareholders and is one of the best and strongest entities of all district investment companies.

  • Africa: Making Things Happen at the Bank - 'Not a Talk Shop' - Akin Adesina


    Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is focusing on five areas to achieve the African and world goals for a prosperous continent since becoming president of the African Development Bank - Africa's major public financial institution in September 2015. He was a keynote speaker at this month's Corporate Council on Africa's U.S.- Africa Business Summit in Washington D.C. and moderated a lively panel with five African government ministers. He as well received the Gene White Lifetime Succcess Award from the World Child Nutrition Foundation. This week, he was named the 2017 recipient of the World Food Prize, a prestigious honor that includes a $250,000 award. In an interview in Washington, DC, Adesina discussed the Development Bank's ambitious schedule and his vision for attracting the increase capital Africa needs. Posting questions for AllAfrica was Noluthando Crockett-Ntonga.

  • Roko Construction Ltd Roko builds up Rwanda’s skills & skylines


    Regionally renowned for quality and timely construction and its local training and staff development programs, Roko Construction is open to further expansion and partnerships. Director Derek Claassen assesses Rwanda’s ongoing infrastructure building efforts, some of the bottlenecks to better regional integration, the advantages of Roko having its own materials manufacturing plants, its extensive in-home skill sets, and its signature building projects making their mark on Rwanda’s infrastructure and human resource pool.

  • Robin C. Bairstow, Managing Director of I&M Bank


    I&M Bank’s footprint in the East African region currently covers Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda, with a presence in Uganda as well on the horizon. Its customers are drawn to its technology, capacity building, and knowledge sharing across the region. Managing Director Robin C. Bairstow discusses the bank’s upcoming IPO, its focus on building up local expertise, and its wider view of how to provide support for SMEs.

  • Konde Bugingo, Deputy CEO of Banque Populaire du Rwanda (BPR)


    Providing far-reaching access to tailor-made banking products both digitally and in even the remotest corners of Rwanda has solidified BPR’s reputation as “the bank of the people”. Deputy CEO Konde Bugingo provides an overview of the banking landscape in Rwanda, the huge evolution being made in the country with regard to social and infrastructural improvements, and the sense of positivity and pro-business attitudes that Rwandans possess about their country’s next.

  • Lisa Fruchtman


    At the same time as did you prime hear about the amount-women drumming circle in Rwanda and why did it pique your interest?

    Lisa Fruchtman:It amount began with Rwandan playwright Odile“Kiki”Katese, who in 2005 founded the prime women's drum troupe in Rwanda - breaking the taboo against women drumming and bringing together women from both sides of the genocide.

  • Evode Imena, the Mines National Minister


    The government targets $407m (Rwf268.6b) from mineral exports by 2017. Evode Imena, the Mines National Minister, explained to Business Times’ Ivan R. Mugisha, how this will be completed. The mining sector is steadily becoming one of Rwanda’s biggest foreign exchange earners, fetching $136.6m (about Rwf86.7b) last year, only bettered by tourism.

  • Outlook for 2015-16


    The country (Rwanda) is situated in Central Africa, east of Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has borders with Burundi for 290km, Congo (Kinshasa) for 217km, Tanzania for 217km and Uganda for 169km.
    Land in Rwanda is mostly grassy uplands and hills; relief is mountainous with altitude declining from west to east.The climate is temperate rainy seasons (February to April, November to January); mild in mountains with frost and snow possible.

    Outlook for 2015

    In 2013, temporary aid suspensions had significant economic repercussions for Rwanda. On the positive side, this triggered Rwanda to search for ways to reduce its aid dependency.

    Strengths (+) and weaknesses (-)

    (+) Good business climate

  • Kigali


    Located at Rwanda’s geographical heart, the rapidly growing City of Kigali is not only the national capital, but as well the country’s most significant business centre and major port of entry.

    City of Kigali, which started in 1907 as a small colonial outpost with little link to the outside world, is presently 100 years old. Today, City of Kigali has come of age-as the capital of Rwanda and made phenomenal strides. It is a city that has not just survived, but has prevailed and has grown into a modern metropolis- a heart of the emerging Rwandan economy and a pride of each Rwandan.

  • Kigali


    Kigali, with people of almost 1 million (2009), is the capital and major city of Rwanda. It is situated near the geographic centre of the country. The city has been the economic, cultural, and transport hub of Rwanda since it became capital at independence in 1962. The major residence and offices of the President of Rwanda are located in the city, as are the government ministries. The city is coterminous with the province of Kigali City, which was enlarged in January 2006, as part of local government reorganisation in the country. The city's urban area covers about 70% of the municipal boundaries.The city people has varied around the national percentages: Hutu 84%, Tutsi 15% and Twa (Pygmy) at 1%

  • His Excellency Paul Kagame is the President of the Republic of Rwanda.


    Africa today has the opportunity to play its rightful role in the world arena. But to do so requires the continent to speak with one voice and to be competitive in amount aspects, which in turn demands radical socio-economic transformation.

    Africa will do this when its people lead dignified lives and take full charge of their development schedule. For this to happen, African countries need a new kind of leadership – one that has a vision for the country and the continent as a whole, a passion and commitment for its rapid development, inclunding the well-being of its people.