Doing Business in Rwanda

How COVID-19 is impacting trade & cross border truck drivers in East Africa

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, global trade is predicted to fall by a record 27 per cent in the second quarter of 2020. In this episode of Doing Business in Rwanda, we take a look at the impact COVID-19 has had on trade and the establishment of cross border cargo transit logistics platform to curb the spread of the virus and facilitate smooth trade between neighbouring countries....

Rwandan manufacturing companies turn to production of COVID-19 protective gear

Manufacturers in the country have stepped forward to bridge the demand gap and improve access to personal protection equipment under the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. In April, the government commissioned 38 local clothing companies to manufacture face masks after thorough assessment....

How Rwanda is preparing its students for the jobs of tomorrow

Every year the estimated 220,000 young people who enter the labour market in Rwanda aspiring to decent work are held back by the slow growth of employment in the formal sector. To better equip them best with the evolving job market, Rwanda's Ministry of Education launched the Tech Enabled Stem Teaching pilot Programme in 50 secondary schools meant to achieve an education system that embraces 21st century skills....

Understanding the rise of Rwanda’s e-commerce industry

Rwanda is catching up with the global trends with services like e-government, online financial transactions and e-commerce considered as an important developmental and trade facilitation tool needed, especially during these times. On this episode of Doing Business in Rwanda we dig deeper into the increase of demand and rise of e-commerce in Rwanda....

How Rwanda is leveraging digital technology to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

This year, Rwanda commemorates the 26th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Typically at this time communities come together and participate in events such candlelight vigils and the Walk to Remember, but this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those activities and all gatherings have been cancelled. Despite that, the country has proved that no matter the circumstance, they will commemorate. CNBC Africa takes a look at how the country, with the youth at the forefront, leveraged digital tools to Remember, Unite and Commemorate the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi....

How Rwanda’s financial sector is reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Government of Rwanda is monitoring the economic implications of the novel COVID-19 pandemic; designing and implementing interventions to cushion various sectors of the economy that could adversely be affected. In a bid to prevent an economic shock, the National Bank of Rwanda floated a liquidity support of $52.4 million for banks to be able to borrow at the Central Bank rate of 5 per cent. Moreover, it eased the normal bank loaning procedures for both commercial banks and its clients....

How Rwanda’s youth is reaping the benefits from agriculture

For Rwanda to develop into a higher middle income economy as set out in the Vision 2050, the country needs a robust private sector with the young entrepreneurs at the forefront. As they seek out what they believe to be profitable and business-focused careers, CNBC Africa spoke to some of the young people in the agriculture sector....

Unearthing challenges facing women entrepreneurs in Rwanda

Rwanda has set global records in gender promotion and is one of the best places to be a woman worldwide. However, a lot of work remains in addressing challenges facing women entrepreneurs in the country. This episode of Doing Business in Rwanda brings to light some of those challenges....

How tourism impacts the local community in Rwanda

Rwanda has high tourism ambitions and in the recent past we’ve seen millions in investment money flowing into that sector for development. With high investment hopefully comes high returns, but what about the everyday impact these tourist attractions are having on their subsequent surrounding communities? And how does the community contribute to the tourism effort?...

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