KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda’s central bank on Tuesday said it predicts
Rwanda’s economy to grow 6.5 percent in 2018.
The inflation rate
is expected to be around 5.0 percent in 2018, slightly up from
4.9 percent last year, said John Rwangombwa, governor of
National Bank of Rwanda, in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali.
formal export receipts grew by 57.6 percent in 2017 while formal
imports recorded a modest decrease of 0.4 percent in the same
year compared to 2016, said Rwangombwa while presenting a
monetary policy and financial stability statement.
According to him,
exports increased to 943.5 million U.S. dollars last year from
598.7 million dollars in 2016, while exports volume increased by
Rwanda’s export base
has continued to progressively diversify as the share of
traditional exports in total exports declined from 62.1 percent
in 2013 to 30.1 percent last year, the governor added.
trade deficit also reduced by 21.7 percent in 2017 compared to
2016, from 1,624.5 million dollars to 1,271.8 million dollars,
as a result of the 57.6 percent increase in formal exports and
0.4 percent decline in formal imports, according to the Rwanda
central bank figures.
Major drivers of the
growth in exports include receipts from coffee and tea exports
as well as mineral exports, according to the central Bank.
In 2014, Rwanda
embarked on promoting Rwanda locally made products for exports
under the campaign dubbed “Made in Rwanda Products” to
discourage the use of imported goods which are or can be
The central African
country, which has risen from a genocide that killed over one
million people in 1994, seeks to transform the country from a
low-income, agriculture-based economy to a knowledge-based,
Rwanda says to offer free
hepatitis diagnosis, treatment
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda is set to offer free diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis
B and C to all Rwandans, a senior official said Tuesday.
to be a major public health concern in Rwanda and the government
is committed to completely eliminating the disease, said Jeanine
Condo, director general of Rwanda biomedical center (RBC), in
Kigali, capital of Rwanda.
Free hepatitis B and
C treatment and viral load will be offered to all Rwandans from
March to July 2018, she said.
prevalence vary between 1.9 and 7 percent of the Rwandan
population, while hepatitis C infections stand between 0.8 and
5.7 percent, showed the RBC survey in 2015.
Some 20 referral and
province hospitals have been availed with equipment to diagnose
and treat hepatitis, said RBC on Tuesday.
caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015, a number comparable to
deaths caused by tuberculosis and higher than those caused by
HIV, a WHO’s global hepatitis report indicated.