KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwandan women have been called upon to
fully embrace financial savings culture by opening
accounts in banks and micro financial institutions as a
way of improving their socio-economic livelihoods.
Umutoni, permanent secretary in Rwanda’s ministry of
gender and family promotion, told reporters on Sunday
that Rwandan women had not embraced financial savings
culture that hinders their social and economic
manage day-to-day finances on behalf of their family
using bank accounts in their partners’ name or joint
accounts. Women should take responsibility for their own
financial affairs by also having a bank account in their
names,” she said.
that many Rwandan women fund household expenses from
their salaries, believing they can rely on their
partner’s investments and savings for their future.
savings culture will enhance financial inclusion and
accelerate growth,” she added.
statistics from the National Bank of Rwanda, the number
of women who access to financial services has increased
from 36.1 percent in 2012 to 63 percent in 2016.
government has continued to champion financial
inclusiveness with the creation of the National
Investment Trust, promotion of agent banking, mobile
money savings and banking insurance, among others.
Rwanda agree to upgrade strategic cooperation
BEIJING (Xinhua) --
Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks
with visiting Rwanda President Paul Kagame on Friday,
and the two leaders agreed to upgrade bilateral
the growth of bilateral ties over the past 46 years,
citing enhanced political trust, trade cooperation and
He called on
both sides to further deepen trust, boost personnel
exchanges, share governance experience and keep close
contact in global and regional affairs.
Xi vowed to
support Rwanda in building an economic zone, calling for
stronger bilateral cooperation in the areas of
industrialization, agricultural modernization, capacity,
infrastructure building, tourism and security. China
will encourage more enterprises to invest in Rwanda’s
major infrastructure projects.
visit to Africa in 2013, Xi proposed developing
relations with Africa with sincerity, real results,
affinity and good faith and the correct viewpoint of
righteousness and benefit.
of this is to combine China’s growth with helping
Africa’s development, in a bid to realize win-win
cooperation and common development,” Xi told Kagame.
China is not
only a supporter of Africa’s sustainable development,
but a pioneer leading global cooperation with Africa,
said the Chinese president.
how the international situation changes, China’s policy
towards Africa remains unchanged, and China will not
reduce its efforts to boost win-win cooperation with
Africa,” Xi said.
to work closely with African countries to implement the
decisions of the summit of the Forum on China-Africa
Cooperation held in South Africa’s Johannesburg in 2015,
his turn, said Rwanda cherishes its friendly ties and
cooperation with China, and appreciates China’s
contribution to his country’s reconstruction and
more Chinese investment in Rwanda’s agriculture, mining,
tourism and infrastructure.
appreciates China’s friendly policy towards Africa, and
spoke highly of China’s adherence to equality and mutual
respect while developing ties with Africa, Kagame said.
talks, Xi held a welcome ceremony for Kagame’s China