Doing Business in Rwanda

COVID-19: What the reopening of airports means for Rwanda’s economy

Kigali International Airport is set to reopen on August 1st after months of closure to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Today’s episode of Doing Business in Rwanda looks at the new features set up at the airport to ensure its safety as well as the economic significance of its reopening....

How Rwanda is leveraging technology in the fight against COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for digital solutions across various industries, especially in the health sector. Among different innovations, the Government launched the use of robots in the fight against COVID-19, in a move aimed at reducing contact between medics and patients....

Unlocking Rwanda’s fitness industry

The closure of gyms and fitness centres around the world as part of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 has seen a surge of interest in home fitness equipment and online coaching sessions. Not only does the industry play a key role in improving the health and fitness of people, it has a direct contribution to the economy. On this episode of Doing Business in Rwanda, we explore key elements that investors should be aware of if they are looking to invest in the fitness industry in Rwanda....

Assessing the COVID-19 recovery plan for Rwanda’s construction sector

Rwanda reviewed the procedures to obtain construction permits, reducing the number of days from over 110 to less than 60 while the cost will reduce from 12 per cent to just 2.2 per cent of the building value. Construction contributes big to Rwanda’s economy, having grown by 33 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2019. On this episode of Doing Business in Rwanda, we explore how the pandemic has impacted the sector and incentives for investment....

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....

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