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Abitabiriye amahugurwa na bamwe mu bakozi ba INMR

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Abashinzwe iby’umuco  barasabwa kwita ku hantu ndangamurage

Posted on 30 January 2016 by peter

Alphonse Umuliisa umuyobozi w’ikigo cy’ingoro z’umurage

Alphonse Umuliisa umuyobozi w’ikigo cy’ingoro z’umurage

Ikigo cyIngoro z‘Igihugu z’Umurage w’u Rwanda cyahwituye abakozi b’Uturere tw’Igihugu bafite umuco mu nshingano zabo basabwa kwita ku hantu ndangamurage. 

Ibi byabereye mu mahugurwa y’iminsi ibiri yatangiye ku wa 28 Mutarama 2016 arimo kubera mu karere ka Nyanza akaba yateguwe n’ Ikigo cyIngoro z‘Igihugu z’Umurage w’u Rwanda.

Abitabiriye amahugurwa na bamwe mu bakozi ba INMR

Abitabiriye amahugurwa na bamwe mu bakozi ba INMR

Aya mahugurwa yatangijwe n’umuyobozi mukuru w’Ikigo cyIngoro z‘Igihugu z’Umurage w’u Rwanda, Alphonse Umuliisa yitabiriwe n’abakozi b’uturere bafite iby’umuco mu nshingano zabo mu  gihugu.

Umuliisa Alphonse yavuze ko bateguye ayo mahugurwa kugira ngo bafashe abo bakozi b’uturere kurushaho kwita ku hantu ndangamurage bafite kandi babikore babifitiye ubumenyi bazavana muri ayo mahugurwa.

Yasobanuye ko hafi mu turere twose tw’u Rwanda bafite ahantu ndangamurage gusa ngo bamwe barahangiza ndetse ku buryo bwaganisha no gusibanganya amateka yaho kandi aho hantu hafitiye Igihugu akamaro.

Ati “ Mu Rwanda dufite ahantu ndangamurage harenga 500 hagomba kwitabwaho kugira ngo hagirire abanyarwanda n’Igihugu cyabo akamaro hinjiza amafaranga ndetse n’abantu bakahabona imirimo ijyanye no kuhitaho”.

Uyu muyobozi w’Ikigo cyIngoro z‘Igihugu z’Umurage w’u Rwanda yatangaje ko hagati y’iki kigo n’abo bakozi hagomba ubufatanye mu kuhabyaza umusaruro hakanamenyekanishwa mu ruhando mpuzamahanga.

Bamwe mu bitabiriye ayo mahugurwa bavuga ko hamwe na hamwe uturere twabo tuzwiho ubintu bike gusa ibindi ugasanga ntibimenyekana nyamara nabyo byakwinjiriza Igihugu amafaranga atubutse.

Uwumuremyi Emelienne umukozi w’akarere ka Musanze ufite umuco mu nshingano ze yatangaje ko usibye kuba akarere kabo kazwiho kubamo ingagi n’ibirunga hari n’ahandi hantu ndangamateka hatamenyekana.

Atanga urugero yagize ati “Hari ahantu hazwi nko mu Gihondohondo ariko hari ishyamba rya Buhanga niho abami bose b’u Rwanda barahiriraga n’ubwo baturaga I Nyanza”.

Yakomeje avuga ko aho hantu hari amateka atagomba gusibangana kandi ko hafashwe neza hagirira u Rwanda n’abanywaranda akamaro.

Mu Rwanda ubu hari ingoro umunani zisurwa cyane ariko hari n’ahandi hantu ndangamurage harenga 500 mu gihugu.

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Construction of Kigali Convention Center likely to be completed in May

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Construction of Kigali Convention Center likely to be completed in May

Posted on 29 January 2016 by peter

Construction of Kigali Convention Center likely to be completed in May

If good weather persists, the physical structure of the Kigali Convention Center and Hotel should be completed by May 1, 2016.

The announcement was made by Rwanda’s Finance Minister, Amb. Claver Gatete while appearing before parliament yesterday.

Rwanda had to contract Turkish engineering firm-Summa to complete construction of the multimillion dollar ($300million) Kigali Convention Centre, after kicking out the Chinese company that was initially contracted but delayed the project for more than four years.

“The works that have been done by the Turkish company indicate a progress in the project’s completion. They will hand over the structure mid-April and by May 1, we will be good to go” Gatete said.

The four-year delay increased the cost of the project from the initial estimate of $300 million due to additional costs incurred by government mainly in form of accumulated interest fees as the project has mainly been financed through external borrowing.

The government spent $120 million from the proceeds of its $400 million Eurobond to repay an outstanding loan secured from Citibank, NA London branch.

The Turkish firm was contracted in June, 2015, on condition that the project is completed by the end of March 2016, failing which it will attract penalties.

The new Kigali conventional center, located on Kacyiru Roundabout, along the Kigali International airport road, will house a five star hotel with 292 rooms, entertainment facilities and conference halls with a capacity of handling over 2 500 persons.

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USA, UK Top Investors As Rwanda Registers $1.2 Billion In 2015

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Rwanda Development Board Enticed more Global Investors 2015

Posted on 18 January 2016 by peter

USA, UK Top Investors As Rwanda Registers $1.2 Billion In 2015

It is unusual for Medical Doctors to mobilise millions of dollars and invest in a multi-million dollar and bankable venture.

In 2015, however, three big brains in global health, Drs. Paul Farmer, Peter Drobac, and Agnes Binagwaho; Rwanda’s Health minister, were able to mobilise enough money for what turned out to be Rwanda’s biggest investment of the year.

Equipped with an array of academic and extensive expertise from implementation experts to educators from leading academic medical institutions, including Harvard Medical School and Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, the doctors established the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE).

The world-class health sciences university, owned by Partners in Health, an American health organisation, is worth $150million.

A slightly similar venture, the third largest investment in terms of cash volume, the African Leadership University, also injected in $100million to offer higher education to students in Rwanda and the rest of the continent.

The second biggest investment was $113.5 million by Meshpower, a British energy firm, that is installing solar-powered micro grids to provide electricity to off-grid rural areas.

Meanwhile, the three investors contributed 32.34% ($363.5million) of the total investment registered in 2015.

KT Press has exclusively learnt from the Rwanda Development Board that the country registered $1.124billion from 144 projects in 2015. Ten of the total projects worth $44.8 million were registered in December alone.

The investments were in the eight sectors. Agriculture ($75million), Tourism ($62million), ICT ($76million), Manufacturing ($51 .397million), Services ($440.62) Energy and Water ($243million), Mining ($51.8million), and Construction ($126million).

RDB’s target for 2015 was to register $1.344billion, but it fell short of $220.10 million, making $1.124 billion (83.63%).

However, the target ($230million) for the service sector was exceeded by $210.62, mainly because of the  large volume by the and the third top investors.

Construction, ICT and tourism made failed to hit the target respectively. The is no assessment provided to explain the cause.

However, inconsiderate of the targets, the top three sectors in terms of value registered were, services with $440.60million, energy and water with $243million and construction that attracted $126million.

On the other hand, however, the top three sectors in terms of number of investment projects registered out of the total 144 from the eight sectors, were services with 35,  followed by manufacturing with 35 and then agriculture with 24.

In spite of falling short in the target, the volume of investment for 2015 were way higher than those registered in 2014. The number of registered projects and dollars invested were way below those of 2015.

The country registered 111 projects worth US$390.6m; just 23% of investment in 2015.

Interestingly though, USA continues to be Rwanda’s leading source of investment flow.

The first ten investments in 2014 were worth US$259million (66.31% of total FDIs). Symbion Power, an American  energy firm extracting methane gas from Kivu lake, counted for 60.61% of the top ten, with $157million.

USA, UK Top Investors As Rwanda Registers $1.2 Billion In 2015

SOURCE : KT-PRESS

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Intebe y’umwami Ruganzu ishobora gusibangana kubera kuyifata nabi

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Intebe y’umwami Ruganzu ishobora gusibangana kubera kuyifata nabi

Posted on 15 January 2016 by peter

Intebe y’umwami Ruganzu ishobora gusibangana kubera kuyifata nabi

Ishobora kuzacika burundu kubera abacukura amabuye baba bashaka kuyangiza

Intebe y’umwami Ruganzu iri mu kagari ka Kanazi mu murenge wa Nyamata mu karere ka Bugesera ishobora gusibangana kubera gufatwa nabi.

Impamvu iyi ntebe ishobora kuzasibangana burundu ni ukubera abantu baza gucukura amabuye yo kubaka bashobora kuzayangiza.

Iyi ntebe iherereye ku gasozi ka Rebero kubera ukuntu itarinzwe ndetse n’igisoro byari biri kumwe cyo kikaba cyaribwe nk’uko Habinshuti Aimable, umuyobozi w’inama y’ubutegetsi w’inzu ndangamuco  ya Mayange abivuga.

Ati “ ahari ayo mateka ntabwo harinzwe, ku Irebero hari intebe y’Umwami Ruganzu II Ndoli, igisoro cyo barakibye, ni ahantu hegeranye n’aho abaturage bacukura amabuye, birashoboka ko ari bo batwaye icyo gisoro cyari gikoze mu ibuye. Intebe na yo ubona ko iri mu bibazo bashobora kuzayitwara hatabayeho uburyo bwo kuzitira cyangwa se gucunga umutekano wayo”.

Intebe y’umwami Ruganzu ishobora gusibangana kubera kuyifata nabi

Intebe y’umwami Ruganzu iri ku gasozi ka Rebero

Kenyemera Peter ni umuturage uturanye n’ahari iyo ntebe avuga ko bitoroshye gusobanura amateka y’ibuye rinini, ariko kandi uburyo riteye nk’intebe, yicarwaho n’abantu batatu.

Ati “ iyi biteye amatsiko kuko ari ibuye ntiridasanzwe, ntitwahamya ko ari intebe ya Ruganzu Ndori cyangwa se iya Nsoro Samukondo  wayoboye u Bugesera. Gusa uwayibaje n’umuhanga kuko iri kugasozi aho umwami yayicaragaho yitegeye igihugu cyose”.

Umusaza Nkurenkundi Andreya ufite imyaka 94 akaba yaravukiye ku musozi wa Rebero, agira ati “nta mwami wicaye ku musozi wa Rebero kuri iyi ntebe, ahubwo hicaragaho abatware”.

Mu rwego rwo kubungabunga ibikorwa biranga amateka ya kera nk’aya yashyizwe ho ikigo cy’itwa “Mayange Tourism Campany” ariko noneho bakaba basaba ingufu z’ubuyobozi.

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Rwanda produces tasty tropical fruits

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Rwandan Products Expanding Footprint In Europe, Asia

Posted on 07 January 2016 by peter

Rwandan women drying coffee beans.

Rwandan women drying coffee beans.

Rwanda is finding better ways of getting known around the world than the usual ugly “genocide tag”.

Over 40 % of the country’s exported products have already found their way into European retail stores.

Trade and Industry Minister, Francois Kanimba told KT Press that Rwanda is also one of the supliers of industrial materials.

“We are mainly exporting raw materials highly needed in the European market,”  he said.

Rwanda earned $ 599.76 million from exports in 2014 and $ 275 .28 million in the first half of 2015, according to the central bank.

The annual trade performance report indicates that export of Rwandan products to Europe increased to 41% of the total exports in 2014 from 35% in the previous year.

“Europe is a traditional consumer of our products and we are just trying to penetrate new markets, especially Japan, South Korea and the Middle East bloc,” said Pierre Munyura, the chairman of coffee exporters and processors association of Rwanda (CEPAR).

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) says exports to Europe are now twice higher than exports to East African Community that consumes 21% of Rwandan commodities from formal trade.

Exports to the region are mainly food commodities including; famous Irish potatoes from volcanoes region, cereals, milk, meat and eggs among others.

Rwandan exports to Europe are far higher than Asian and Australian blocs where export volume declined to 16% of the total commodities export in 2014, from 19% in 2013.

DRC is the biggest regional importer of Rwandan products with $106 million representing 20% in 2013 and $84 million (14%) the following year.

Exports to DRC are dominated by beverage, fresh foods, cereals, dairy products and others.

Meanwhile, the National Agriculture Export Board indicates that Rwanda exported 16,000 tons of coffee earning $60 million in 2014.

Switzerland imported close to 40% of this volume, equivalent to the volume going to South and North America.

The second biggest export destination is Belgium with 17%, followed by UK with 6%.

Pakistan is the main consumer of Rwandan tea, taking 60% followed by UK with 18%. Egypt and South Sudan share 8%.

Horticulture export is still low, but Europe has also shown interest. The Netherlands will soon turn the biggest market for Rwandan flowers, which are only being exported by individual farmers.

Simon Ethang’atta, a consultant with Floramats, a flower export company told KT Pressthat he is expecting two million flowers to be shipped at the Flora Holland, the global auction of flowers based in the Netherlands.

Floramats has secured five hectares for flower plantation in Rulindo district, Northern Province. “The only challenge with Rwanda is scarcity of flower seeds,” says Ethang’atta.

Rwanda produces tasty tropical fruits

Rwanda produces tasty tropical fruits

Last year, Burcin Isler, the former General Manager of Turkish Airlines in Rwanda told KT Press that his country, Turkey, is eagerly looking for the tasty tropical fruits and Rwanda is among their targets.

Europe’s dominance of Rwandan market could be attributed to diversification of the products.

Meanwhile, Asia is the main importer of minerals. In 2014, Coltan, Cassiterite and Wolfram earned the country a total $203.32 million.

Between January and June 2015, the country had registered a quarter of this amount with $64. 24 million from the same minerals.

Frabrice Kayihura, Managing Director of Mineral Supply Africa, told KT Press that the main destination of Rwandan minerals is China.

He said China is mainly interested in Coltan and Casseterite, which also goes to Malaysia and Thailand.

China also dominates the Wolfram market, with Japan as a competitor.

“Labour market is low in China; several Europeans and Americans installed their franchises in the country to benefit the cheap labour in the manufacturing industry,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rwanda’s trade relationship with the Americas is still dismal, with 4% of exports volume. It might soon be bypassed by the recent Middle East market.

SOURCE : KT-PRESS

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Harasabwa ko Mukura na Gishwati bigirwa Pariki.

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Harasabwa ko Mukura na Gishwati bigirwa Pariki.

Posted on 13 November 2015 by peter

Harasabwa ko Mukura na Gishwati bigirwa Pariki.

Umuyobozi w’akarere wungirije ushinzwe ubukungu Nsanzimfura Jean Damascene

Amashyamba ya   Mukura na Gishwati   akora ku turere 4 tw’intara y’uburengerazuba yamaze kugirwa Pariki  agiye kuvugururwa ariko ngo agomba gufatwa neza.

Ikigo cy’igihugu gishinzwe kurengera ibidukikije  REMA giherutse gusinyana amasezerano n’uturere dukora kuri aya mashyamba kugira ngo gitangire kuyasana binyuze mu mushinga wacyo ushinzwe kugarura ishusho kamere no kubungabunga amashyamba LAFREC(Landscape Approch to forest Restoration and Conservation).

Patrick Nsabimana umuhuzabikorwa w’umushinga Lafrec aganira n’ubuyobozi bw’akarere ka Rutsiro kuwa 11 Ugushyingo 2015  yavuze ko bari kuzenguruka mu turere twa Nyabihu,Ngororero,Rubavu na Rutsiro dukorwaho n’aya mashyamba kugirango ubuyobozi bukangurire abaturage kuzayabungabunga babwira ibyiza by’ibidukikije.

Yagize ati” Nk’umushinga ushinzwe gufasha icyemezo cy’uko aya mashyamba yagizwe pariki dufasha guteramo ibindi biti tuyasubiranya,abayobozi rero nk’uko aya mashyamba ari mu turere twabo turabasaba ko bazadufasha kuyakurikirana kugirango azabeho ighe kirekire atangijwe “.

Umuyobozi w’akarere wungirije ushinzwe ubukungu Nsanzimfura Jean Damascene yatubwiye ko ubuyobozi bugomba gushyigikira uyu mushinga kuko ngo kuvugurura aya mashyamba bibafitiye inyungu nyinshi.

Ati”uyu mushinga uje ari igisubizo kuko icya mbere uzatanga akazi ku baturage bacu ikindi kandi ni uko ibidukikije nk’akarere tuzakora ubukangurambaga tubabwira akamaro k’ishyamba ndetse tunakumira abantu bose baryangiza “.

Uyu mushinga LAFREC mu karere ka Rutsiro uzasana ubuso busaga Ha 615 aho abafite mo imyaka batazabimura ahubwo bazateramo ibiti bivangwa n’imyaka naho abafite mo inzuri bazafashwa kubungabunga izo nzuri batangije ishyamba.

Lafrec izamara imyaka itanu, ikaba ifite ingengo y’imari ya miliyoni zisaga 9 z’amadolari y’Abanyamerika ku nkunga y’Ikigega Gishinzwe Ibidukikije ku Isi (GEF) gihagarariwe na Banki y’Isi.

Uretse gusana no kubungabunga aya mashyamba,Larec izanakora ibikorwa bigamije kuzamura imibereho myiza y’abatuye uduce izakoreramo batishoboye, bikazakorwa haterwa inkunga imishinga mito ibyara inyungu igera ku 125 bifashishije za Sacco.

Aya mashyamba Mukura na Gishwati yagizwe Pariki ya 4 y’u Rwanda yiyongera kuri Nyungwe, Akagera ndetse n’Ibirunga.

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Rwanda could lose 4.5 of GDP through climate change

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Rwanda could lose 4.5 of GDP through climate change

Posted on 11 November 2015 by peter

Rwanda could lose 4.5 of GDP through climate change

Experts say that the Rwanda’s fast growing economy could likely lose as high as 4.5 percent of GDP due to impact of climate change by 2030.

According to the research conducted to ascertain the World’s Vulnerable 20 says that  the country’s variable climate  patterns pose  high risks of  extreme weather such as droughts, floods  which  impact  negatively on the  economic  growth.

With such variable patterns, the country research says is likely to face health impacts of climate change with increased incidences of malaria and hot and cold weather related epidemics.

“Rwanda is one of many countries that have contributed almost nothing to the problem of climate change, but will bear the brunt of its impacts,” said Amb. Claver Gatete, minister of Finance and economic planning in a statement.

The vulnerable 20 (V20) launched last month entails 19 countries and it aimed at strengthening economic and financial standards on climate change as well as provide new approaches to mitigate climate impacts in developing countries.

“By joining the V20, we are adding our voice to the message that the international community must do more to keep temperature rises below 1.5°C and support developing nations to adapt,” said the Minister.

Nevertheless, the country through several interventions such as poverty Environment Initiative has embarked on protecting its limited natural resources as well as ensuring that population activities do not impact on the climate.

“Climate change, deforestation and an imbalance between population growth and natural resources use are only some of the obstacles on our path.,” said Dr. Vicent Biruta, Minister of natural resources.

He adds, “It’s our conviction that by working together we will be able to overcome them.”

It is estimated that in absence of an effective global response, annual economic losses due to climate change are projected to exceed US$400 billion by 2030 for the Vulnerable 20 where Rwanda is also included.

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Inzu umwami yabagamo

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Rulindo: Ikigo Ndangamuco cya Rulindo kigiye gufungurwa kumugaragaro.

Posted on 01 October 2015 by peter

Inzu umwami yabagamo

Inzu umwami yabagamo

 Ikigo gishya ndangamuco cyubatswe mu murenge wa Rusiga ,akarere ka Rulindo, intara y’amajyaruguru ahitwa ku kirenga cya ruganzu mu rwego rwo kurushaho guteza imbere ubukerarugendo.

Inzu umwami yabagamo

Inzu umwami yabagamo

Iki kigo giherereye ku kirenge cya Ruganzu,umwami wamamaye cyane mu mateka y’uRwanda , cyatangiye gukora mu mwaka wa 2014, kikaba gifite intego zigera kuri enye zirimo guteza imbere ubukerarugendo bushingiye ku muco, kubyaza umusaruro ibyiza nyaburanga by’Akarere ka Rulindo, kwigisha ubugeni, ubukorikori, n’imbyino gakondo, gukora imurika ku mateka y’u Rwanda no ku hantu nyaburanga na ndangamateka hagaragara mu karere, nkuko bitangazwa n’muyobozi w’ikigo ndangamuco cy’Akarere ka Rulindo Philbert MUSANGANYA.

Umuyobozi w’iki kigo akomeza asobanura ko iki kigo cyashinzwe ku bufatanye bw’umuryango nyarwanda uharanira guteza imbere ubukerarugendo bushingiye ku muco (Organization for Cultural Tourism Promotion OCTP-IKIREZI) n’akarere ka Rulindo. Icyo kigo gifite inyubako zitandukanye zerekana imyubakire ya kera yo mu Rwanda rwo hambere, haba mbere na nyuma y’umwaduko w’abazungu.

Hateganijwe ahagenewe imikino n’imyidagaduro (stade) yaba iyagakondo , iyakijyambere ndetse n’ahagenewe urubuga rw’ibitaramo, hari itorero ryitwa Ikirenga rigizwe n’intore zazobereye mu mbyino za Kinyarwanda rizajya ritaramira abashyitsi.

RDB ikigo gifite mu nshingano zacyo Ubukerarugendo, ikazataha kumugaragaro iki kigo ndangamuco kuri iki cyumweru, tariki ya 27/09/2015.

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JesGruner, Directeur du Parc National d’Akagera

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Les animaux hors de la clôturedu Park de l’Akageraest une menace pour la population

Posted on 25 July 2015 by peter

Les animaux hors de la clôture du parc Akagera, est un danger pour la population

La population avoisinante du Parc National d’Akagera s’inquiète de leur sécurité suite aux animaux qui sont encore hors de la clôture de ce parc. C’est une menace pour leur sécurité et celle de leurs cultures dans les champs.Parmi les animaux qui sont restés hors de la clôture figurent les phacochères, les antilopes, les babouins, les buffles, les hippopotames, etc.

Ça fait deux ans quele Rwanda via RDB a lancé un projet de construction d’une clôture électrifiée autour du Parc National de l’Akagera pour empêcher les animaux sauvages d’aller dans la population avoisinante. Mais certains animaux sont restés à l’extérieur de cette clôture et  menacent toujours la sécurité de cette population.

Les habitants du Secteur de Gahini se lamentent que «  les animaux sauvages du parc dévorent le petit bétail et détruisent les champs ».  Cette population a sollicité les autorités chargées de la gestion du parcde trouver la solution à ce problème.

JesGruner, Directeur du Parc National d’Akagera

JesGruner, Directeur du Parc National d’Akagera

JesGruner, Directeur du Parc National d’Akagera, a fait savoir qu’ils ont l’obligation d’assurer seulement la gestion des animaux qui sont à l’intérieur de la clôture. Cependant il invite la population à adopter la culture de rentrer tôtpour éviter de rencontrer ces animaux pendant la nuit.

« La mort est quelque chose de très regrettable, raison pour laquelle nous sensibilisons la population de rentrer tôt pour ne pas croiser ces animaux sauvages pendant la nuit », a suggéré JesGruner.

Odette Uwamariya, Gouverneur de la Province de l’Est, affirme queles animaux qui sont à l’extérieur de la clôture du parc représentent un défi pour la population maischaque année ils effectuent une opération pour chercher les animaux et les faire ramener à l’intérieur de la clôture.

Malgré les efforts du gouvernement de protéger la population mais, ils sont conscients queles accidents sont inévitables, d’où la mise en place des fonds destinés indemniser les victimes des dégâts causés par les animaux des parcs nationaux.

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Canopy Walk in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest. The country received 1.2 million visitors last year

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Rwanda expects over $76m as tourism Sector Booms

Posted on 09 July 2015 by peter

Amb. Yamina Karitanyi, head of tourism at RDB (middle) says Rwanda will boost its economy through mega events expected next year.

Amb. Yamina Karitanyi, head of tourism at RDB (middle) says Rwanda will boost its economy through mega events expected next year.

Rwanda will generate Rwf54.7 billion ($76 million) from conferences scheduled for next year, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) says.

The country earned $303 million from tourism revenues from 1.2 million visitors last year, contributing 3% to the country’s GDP.

Out of this, meetings, conferences and events (MICE) fetched over $50 million, Amb. Yamina Karitanyi, head of Tourism Department at RDB told KT Press.

Amb. Karitanyi told journalists that Rwanda will host the upcoming Africa Hotel Investment Forum scheduled for Kigali city in September next year; “Hosting AHIF will position Rwanda as a leading conference destination in the region.”

The forum is expected to bring together 600 delegates from across the world, with a focus on exploiting Rwanda’s growing tourism sector.

“We see AHIF as an excellent platform to meet many of the most important decision makers and investors who have the power to influence the hospitality industry in Africa,” Amb. Karitanyi told KT Press.

Meanwhile, Frank Murangwa who heads MICE, says that other big events to bring up next year’s revenue targets will include; the World Economic Forum on Africa, Interpol Conference as well as African Union Summit.

Murangwa told KT Press that infrastructure has been prioritised for successive upcoming events, including world class hotels coming to Rwanda.

The focus on MICE tourism is motivated by safety, developed infrastructure and the new entrants in the hotel industry.

Some of the upcoming global hotel chains in the country include Marriot Hotel which is set to open soon. Others are Radisson Blue, Radisson by Park Inn, Sheraton Hotel; Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites and Resorts which operates a global structure, Kempinski and Zinc, among others.

Tours and Travel agents who spoke to KT Press said the events will rejuvenate their shaken business as a result of recent global threats.

“Our business was severely shaken in terms of bookings due to recent threats including Ebola outbreak in West Africa as well Al-shabab’s attacks in Kenya. We hope these events will bring us back on board,” Joseph Birori, head of Rwanda Tour and Travel Agencies association told KT Press.

Canopy Walk in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest. The country received 1.2 million visitors last year

Canopy Walk in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest. The country received 1.2 million visitors last year

SOURCE: KT-PRESS

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