Gatarayiha presented the diplomatic, service and ordinary
e-passports to the first users shortly after the press
EAC heads of state launched the East Africa
e-passport and directed the commencement of its issuance during
the 17th ordinary summit of the EAC heads of state in March 2016
in Arusha, Tanzania.
Rwanda economy to see fast
growth in next three years: World Bank
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda’s economic growth is expected to be
in the range of 7.6 to 8 percent annually between 2019 to 2021,
the World Bank said in a medium-term economic outlook report
released on Tuesday, in Rwandan capital city Kigali.
"Supported by conducive macroeconomic policies, Rwanda
continues to enjoy a strong economic momentum characterized by
high growth and low inflation," Aghassi Mkrtchyan, senior
economist at the World Bank said in a statement on the report.
"While public investments will continue to support the growth
over the medium-term, Rwanda needs to strengthen its private
sector to stay on a high growth trajectory in the long-run,"
Public sector-led investments will be central to maintain the
projected outlook while the fiscal deficit will remain elevated
over the medium term to accommodate higher public investment,
said the report.
With inflation low, monetary policy is expected to remain
accommodative and support recovery in bank lending while a
flexible exchange rate will help to build external buffers and
will facilitate export growth, it said.
However, the report said Rwanda’s economic outlook is
vulnerable to both domestic and external risks.
Domestically, the main risks are weather-related, such as
droughts and floods that may depress agricultural production, it
Scaling up of public-sector-led investments is a challenge as
well as an opportunity, and that could jeopardize debt
sustainability if Rwanda’s investments-growth nexus does not
improve, the World Bank warned.
The main external risks are related to a more severe slowdown
in global economic growth than is currently projected that would
affect prices for the commodities Rwanda exports, according to
The report also said Rwanda’s economy expanded at 8.6 percent
The growth was broad-based with agriculture expanding by
almost 6 percent while industries, supported by construction and
manufacturing, grew by more than 10 percent, and the service
sector recorded 9 percent growth, it said.
ministers discuss strategies
to scale up digitalization of agriculture
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Africa’s agriculture ministers and
development partners on Tuesday started meeting in Kigali,
capital city of Rwanda, to discuss successful strategies for
scaling up digitalization of African agriculture.
Meeting under the Malabo Montpellier Forum, participants are
discussing the rising level of mobile technology adoption in
Africa in recent years, as well as African countries’ current
limitations and priorities for future action in agriculture.
The use of ICT in transforming agricultural sector is of
paramount importance, said Rwanda’s Prime Minister Edouard
Ngirente while opening the meeting, adding that ICT would allow
farmers and other agriculture sector stakeholders to access
efficiently accurate and timely information for the
decision-making in the sector.
African farmers need right skills and approaches to increase
their production, modernize agricultural extension services and
better manage risks, said Ngirente.
Africa’s agriculture sector accounts for around 32 percent of
the total GDP, he cited statistics as saying.
The forum examines progress on commitments under the Malabo
Declaration that was adopted during the 23rd ordinary session of
the African Union Assembly in 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
Under the declaration, African countries committed to
enhancing investment finance in agriculture, boosting
intra-African trade in agricultural commodities and services,
and ending hunger in Africa by 2025.
Rwanda makes strides in
rebuilding livestock sector: official
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda has made strides in rebuilding the
livestock sector since 1994, when an estimated 80 percent of the
cattle were decimated, Rwandan agriculture minister said
The cattle population that numbered 600,000 before 1994 was
reduced sharply to 172,000.
Thanks to government interventions such as the cattle
stocking program "one cow per family" the cattle population has
climbed to 1.3 million, said Geraldine Mukeshimana, Minister of
Agriculture and Animal Resources, at a meeting on cattle
breeding in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.
Milk production in the central African country has
significantly increased from 50,000 tonnes in the year of 2 000
to 816,000 tonnes in 2018, said Mukeshimana.
She, however, said the current 106 milk collection centers
owned by farmer cooperatives are not enough to collect all the
milk produced in the countryside, which is a potential area for
Rwanda President Paul
Kagame refutes recent human rights allegations
by Lyu Tianran, James Gashumba and
Frank Kanyesigye KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame hit back in a
recent interview with France 24 at allegations of Rwanda’s human
rights situation, which aroused strong resonance in Rwanda and
in social media.
The French television interviewed Kagame, alongside the
European Union (EU)’s Commissioner for International Cooperation
and Development Neven Mimica at the European Development Day
event in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this month.
The interview video was posted on Franch 24’s website
on June 24.
The presenter raised up a question that how much Rwanda’s
human rights concern EU when it comes to providing development
funding investment, citing an EU human rights report focusing on
Rwanda, and then continued with more questions on human rights
Kagame in the interview dismissed allegations of Rwanda’s
human rights record in the report, saying the report is
"What we are talking about in terms of development, these are
human rights: development, schools, education, health and food
security," Kagame said in the interview.
The level of poverty in Rwanda has decreased by almost by 60
percent, and Rwandan people are participating in improving their
own lives and have improved lives, he said.
"You really need to stop this superiority complex nonsense
about human rights.
"You think you are the only one who respects human rights,
all others are about violating human rights," the president told
"We have fought for human rights and freedom for our people,
much better and more than anyone including you, (and) people who
keep talking this nonsense," said Kagame.
"Where we have taken our country from and where it is now
speaks for itself," he said.
Some people think they know everything about human rights and
all the kinds of things, and people in "another world" don’t
know, but "these are our human rights," the president said.
Despite the tremendous improvement of human rights in Rwanda
and the developments including economy and human rights that are
happening in Rwanda, there is generally a lack of understanding
of what exactly is going on in Rwanda, Richard Karugarama
Lebero, senior lecturer from school of law at the University of
Rwanda, told Xinhua Wednesday in a telephone interview.
People already have preconceived ideas of what Rwanda should
be and what Rwanda shouldn’t be, many of which are not based on
evidence, said Lebero.
Rwanda’s human rights record is impressive and keeps
improving, he said, adding that the country has freedom of
speech, assembly and expression, right to education, as well as
independent courts, he said.
Frank Habineza, member of the Rwanda’s parliament and
President of Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, said the issue of
superiority complex "is there in the West."
Rwanda is signatory to Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
therefore the country knows what human rights are and what to
respect, Habineza told Xinhua, adding that no one should have a
"prerogative" to claim that he or she knows human rights better.
"Western countries have this superiority complex by
belittling African countries on many things including human
rights, President Kagame corrected this perception," said Ismael
Buchanan, senior lecturer at the University of Rwanda, in a
Rwanda has made tremendous differences in every sector and
part of life, in politics, health, human rights and so on
compared to 25 years ago, said Buchanan.
The government of Rwanda and partners have put in more
efforts to ensure that human rights are promoted and respected,
Rwanda has ratified almost all core international human
rights instruments, domesticated them in the constitution and in
other national laws to ensure that citizens have these rights,
said the scholar.
He further called on Rwandans and Africans to define their
Rwanda’s private and leading newspaper The New Times
on Tuesday published an editorial titled "When will they get off
their high stools and get back to reality."
"Rwandans and their leaders are not there to please them
"They do things in their interests, no one else’s," read the
editorial on the interview of France 24.
Clips of the interview have been widely circulated on
twitter, one of which reached over 189,000 views by the time of
the report’s publication and the full interview video posted on
YouTube reached over 86,000 views.
Many Twitter users expressed support to Kagame on twitter
posts with the hashtag "#WhoAreYou", a rhetorical question
Kagame used in the interview to ask people not to be a "judge"
Another Twitter post said the interview meant to be a
discussion on development turned into a "masterclass" on
confronting and challenging "long-held racist views."
"Africa will not stay in that little box you’ve created for
us," it said.