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Old November 29th, 2011, 01:05 AM   #61
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It's really time to have a real urban transportation plan.
Btw here's some pics of the Kigali Bus services. As said previously, there's a 20 buses fleet but according to the company, they are planning to import more 20 similar buses before the end of the year and other 40 in the next phase.




Buses in china before being imported.







Time for Onatracom and Atraco to step in the business, letting one oparator have such a great marketshare would not be in the best interest of Kigalians.

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Old November 30th, 2011, 12:28 PM   #62
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Old November 30th, 2011, 08:20 PM   #63
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 10:59 PM   #64
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I've lived in Rwanda for ten years 2000-2011, and changes could be seen everyday! Good for this small country with an amazing organization!
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It's really time to have a real urban transportation plan.
Btw here's some pics of the Kigali Bus services. As said previously, there's a 20 buses fleet but according to the company, they are planning to import more 20 similar buses before the end of the year and other 40 in the next phase.




Buses in china before being imported.








Time for Onatracom and Atraco to step in the business, letting one oparator have such a great marketshare would not be in the best interest of Kigalians.
What can I say...
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Old December 4th, 2011, 06:58 PM   #66
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Old December 13th, 2011, 08:36 PM   #67
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Congo Nile Trail to generate $150,000 in first year


The Congo Nile Trail will go a long way in promoting the livelihoods of families living along the stretch.


Rwanda Development Board (RDB) projects to earn US$154,667 from the newly launched Congo Nile Trail in its first year, from more than 200 tourists expected to walk the trail.

The new tourist product spans 227km along the western corridor, stretching through five districts, from Rubavu to Rusizi.

“Most of the food needed by the tourists will be supplied by farmers around the trail,” Clare Akamanzi, Chief Operations Officer at RDB told The New Times.

It is also estimated that 100 households will earn an additional income of US$15,000 through employment in hotels and other enterprises, which will help them improve living conditions.

The first phase budget for the project was US$200,000 which was only related to product development, while other expenses like technical assistance and community sensitization and training were funded by the government and the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), through its operational budget.

Akamanzi added that RDB would continue to fund the sustainability of the project, particularly its maintenance, upgrading and marketing.

“Many projects are in the pipeline such as cave tourism, conference tourism, where we are working on the establishment of the convention bureau, and a cultural village,” Akamanzi said.

By Alex Ngarambe, The New Times


http://in2eastafrica.net/congo-nile-...in-first-year/
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Old December 13th, 2011, 08:37 PM   #68
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A 150 k for something that is only one month old isn't bad at all.
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Old December 13th, 2011, 08:58 PM   #69
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So What's congo nile trail ?

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In an effort to diversify tourism products, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is launching a new destination named Congo Nile Trail along the Lake Kivu shores from Rubavu district in North to Rusizi in south of the western country.

The 227 km, 10-day trail which will be officially launched on November 25 and crosses the five district of Rubavu, Rutsiro, Karongi, Nyamasheke and Rusizi in Western Province, is open to hiking, biking and explorations by car. Rica Rwigamba, head of tourism department at RDB, pointed out that along the trail there are there will be tourism attractions like roadside coffee and tea plantations, waterfalls and watershed, among others.

She said the aim was to involve local partners and diversifying tourism products beyond mountain gorillas and Nyungwe national park.

"After people leave Volcanoes National Park to see the mountain gorillas and have a day at the Gisenyi, we have to create other interesting products so they can stay here longer," Rwigamba said.

She added that with this new product, they expect an average increase of 2 days of stay in the country for foreign tourists - from the current average of 5 to 7 days of stay. That will not only increase local tourism revenue, but also local earnings since there will be a need of services such as guides and accommodation, she pointed out.

"Along the journey, tourists will be for instance introduced to fishing," said Karim Gisagara, the coordinator of the trail, adding that such packages will be helping to eradicate poverty.

In this respect, RDB will also be assisting local cooperatives to develop activities interesting to tourists.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201111060061.html
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I find akward the sentence about the children.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 09:31 PM   #70
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Economic cooperation between UAE and Rwanda

Mohammed receives Rwandan President

Hold talks on expanding economic cooperation

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Sheikh Mohammed receives at the Zabeel Palace, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame. (WAM)

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday received at the Zabeel Palace, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, who is on a visit to the UAE.

They held talks on expanding the economic cooperation between UAE and Rwanda.

Kagame admired Sheikh Mohammed's vision on development, which has become point of global attention, and expressed his wish that Rwanda will benefit from the UAE experience and its success in various fields.

A number of ministers and other senior officials attended the meeting.
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Rwanda exports rise 32 percent in 2011

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Rwanda's exports of goods and services increased by 31.7 percent last year from 2010, thanks to growth in mining, tea and coffee, its minister for trade and industry said.

Fracois Kanimba said the government was working hard to control inflation after it increased for several months right up to October last year when it stood at 7.76 percent.


"2011 was a great year for us," he said in a statement seen by Reuters on Saturday.

Although landlocked, tiny Rwanda constantly punches above its weight in the region, racing ahead of bigger neighbours like Uganda in terms of ease-of-doing business, and going head to head with Kenya in trying to create a world class Information Communication Technology sector.

It expects its economy to expand by 7.6 percent this year after growing by 8.8 percent in 2011 on the back of growth in construction, mining and manufacturing.
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Looks like Rwanda is the fastest growing EAC country economically speaking.
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Old January 15th, 2012, 09:13 PM   #73
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Great project!
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Old January 15th, 2012, 10:38 PM   #74
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Indeed, this company is really doing a good job. They are even going to start operations in other parts of the country. Definitely a EAC transportation company to watch.
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Old January 15th, 2012, 10:39 PM   #75
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Mark S, get a life.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 09:42 PM   #76
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RSSB to construct low cost houses
By Emma Munyaneza

An aerial view of an estate developed by the former CSR, now part of the new RSSB . The pensions fund has announced plans to invest in low-end housing. The New Times / File.

Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) will, mid this year, launch a construction project for housing units for the low and middle-income earners, officials have said.

Upon completion, the houses will be acquired through a mortgage arrangement to be provided by various commercial banks, which have promised to support the project.

The development was disclosed by Hyacinte Gacendeli, the Director of Real Estate Division at RSSB.

The banks are expected to negotiate the mortgage terms with the clients, according to their respective terms.

“We will start the construction of three housing projects, between May and June, two of which will target low and middle-income earners, and one for middle-high income earners,” said Gacendeli.

Gacendeli explained that one of the projects involves 100 housing units for low-income earners, which will be built in Batsinda area, Gasabo District, where RSSB owns 10 hectares of land.

“But we are yet to finalise talks with government about possible subsidies, like in infrastructure, where it can, for instance, construct roads to the houses. That would support reduce the costs we envisage, and consequently make the houses more affordable for the people.”

The City of Kigali also intends to offer more land to RSSB, which will also be used for constructing more low-cost housing units in the near future.

According to Gacendeli, the biggest challenge is acquiring land for the project, especially since the land they have is not designated for low-cost houses, as required by the City Master Plan.

The city has already constructed 250 low-cost houses in Batsinza to accommodate people relocated from slum areas in Kigali City, like Muhima.
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Rwanda urges investors to develop special economic zone
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Rwanda is pushing investors who have booked space in its newly developed special economic zone to quickly roll out projects to spur growth in an uncertain year.

The first phase of the Kigali based special economic zone located on 98 hectares of land, is expected to be operational this year, with the government having completed the necessary infrastructure.

While the special economic zone — the first of its kind in the region — has registered strong investor appetite, with over 90 per cent of the land already booked, investors have been asked to present their business plans within the first six months after signing the contract (as per serviced land purchase).

Failure to comply with the terms would lead to immediate termination of the contract without compensation.

The investors are expected to build their industrial facilities within a period of 18 months after their business plan has been approved.

Failure to setup their business within the given time would entitle the government to terminate their contract and withhold 20 per cent of the advance payment.

A square metre of the land at the special economic zone costs $33 with 5,000 square metres being the minimum an investor can purchase. This means that 30 per cent, which is $168,067, has to be paid up before construction begins.


The contract agreement is purely market driven because of the many investors who expressed interest in buying the plots and so we want to ensure that we get serious buyers in order to avoid land speculators,” said Alex Ruzibukira, Director General of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises at Rwanda’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, speaking to The EastAfrican last week.

“We did not want investors to speculate on the land within the zone because already land is scarce in the country,” said Mr Ruzibukira.

The special economic zones should boost industrial growth, enabling the country to bridge its expanding trade deficit.

While exports grew by 31.7 per cent last year, trade deficit worsened by 33.6 per cent compared to 2010.

However, industrial production grew by 15 per cent in 2011 mainly driven by the construction, mining, quarrying and manufacturing sectors.



Approximately $25 million was spent on the development of infrastructure including construction of roads, electricity, and water connections, a central sewerage system, installation of optic fibre cables as well as plot demarcation.

“Investors will enjoy special tax incentives such as 15 per cent income tax,” Mr Ruzibukira said, pointing out that the tax incentives will soon be established.

The project is being implemented through a public-private partnership with the government owning 45 per cent of Rwanda Free Zones Company Limited (RFZ), which is overseeing implementation of the project.
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Old January 17th, 2012, 06:52 PM   #78
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Off topic but somehow related.

Local leaders get vehicles
By Edwin Musoni



Some of the vehicles that were imported for Sector Executive Secretaries. The local leaders will repay the loans offered for the vehicles in five years. The New Times / T. Kisambira

The Minister of Local Government, James Musoni, Sunday evening handed over the first fleet of 292 vehicles to Executive Secretaries of Sector to facilitate them in their duties.

The government spent Rwf 8 million on each vehicle. The Executive Secretaries will repay for the vehicles in monthly installments for a period of five years.

The first fleet that the minister unveiled is composed of 159 vehicles while the second and final one is expected to arrive this week.

The local officials’ cars, most of which are the ‘Great Wall Haval H5” type from China, were exempted from all taxes and beneficiaries are expected to pay Rwf 242, 000 monthly.

The money will largely be drawn from the lump-sum account, which is allocated to some public servants to facilitate them in transport.

Sector Executive Secretaries are allocated a monthly lump-sum allowance of Rwf208,000.

Handing over the cars to the excited local leaders, Musoni, pointed out that in 2006, Executives Secretaries were offered motorcycles because the government could not afford vehicles.

“Your performance was very impressive when we gave you the motorcycles, now that the economy has grown, we are giving you vehicles but we also expect your delivery to increase,” he told them.

He added that Rwanda is blessed to have local leaders who are committed to serving the public, which is why the government is proud to assist them execute your duties effectively.

“The motorcycles we gave you five years ago were worth Rwf 1 million each; these cars are worth Rwf 8 m meaning you have to set targets of delivering eight times more than how you have been performing,” said Musoni.

The Executive Secretary of Rwezamenyo Sector in Nyarugenge District, Alex Semitali, expressed his excitement over the brand new cars, but requested the government to review the lamp-sum given to them so that they could afford to maintain the cars.(already whining )

“When the idea of giving us cars was first presented to us, it sounded like a dream, but now it’s a reality. We promise the public we will serve them beyond their expectations,” said Semitali.

He added that in 2006, they were provided with motorcycles and their performance increased by 80 percent, on average.

“Now that we have been given cars, there is no doubt we will deliver more. However we request for facilitation in terms of fuel and maintenance.”

The State Minister for Transport, Dr Alexis Nzahabwanimana, said the government recognises the value of local leaders hence his office’s pledge to support them in all ways, including looking into their demands.
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I hope it will truely increase their efficiency and not turn them into spoiled kids with fancy toys. I must admit that i'm quite confused about this "gift" to the local leaders. At least they will have to repay the car, so that's a good point but I wonder what the population will think about these quite luxury SUVs compared to their modest lifestyle.
Too bad that they didn't explain what do they do with the car if the leader is fired ?

But they are good looking cars and not so expensive: 8 million Rwf = +/- 13 335 $ each










I hope the car engine will not explode since it's some chinese tech

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Old January 24th, 2012, 08:58 PM   #80
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I hope the car engine will not explode since it's some chinese tech


Anyways. why don't you open a thread Dedicated Only to Infrastructures; Also leave Economic and Business Thread as one. Its more organized that way.
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