BUDGET DEFICIT DERAIL DRAINAGE REHABILITATION IN RWANDA

BUDGET DEFICIT DERAIL DRAINAGE REHABILITATION IN RWANDA

A budget deficit is derailing the rehabilitation of 34 drainages to curb floods in the City of Kigali, the city Mayor, Pudence Rubingisa has said. “The floods that the city usually faces in April might create more ravines or drainages. Therefore drainage rehabilitation should be in a three-year action plan or in a more than four-year plan. We should have a number of drainages that should be rehabilitated every year,” he said. The increase in population in…

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RWANDA GOVT. MAKING PLANS TO CONSTRUCT FIVE INTERNATIONAL STADIUM

RWANDA GOVT. MAKING PLANS TO CONSTRUCT FIVE INTERNATIONAL STADIUM

The government is targeting to have five international football stadiums in the next five years, according to the Ministry of Sports. The new stadiums are expected to be either built or revamped in places including Muhanga District, Kigali, and Nyanza. Speaking during the sports breakfast last week, Zephanie Niyonkuru, the Permanent Secretary at MINISPORTS, revealed that Rwanda will do everything possible to achieve the targeted infrastructure projects in the next five years. The facilities include…

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WHY MADE IN RWANDA IS KEY FOR INDUSTRIALIZATION

WHY MADE IN RWANDA IS KEY FOR INDUSTRIALIZATION

“When the African begins to deliberately and as much as possible produce what she consumes and consume that which she produces, only then can we begin to see the rise, the re-industrialization, the development and creation of value for the continent.” The idea of recapturing certain imports into the country seeks to reduce competition from cheaper imports so that local industry can occupy that space and reduce the import bill. It is a fact that…

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RWANDA AND BELGIUM SIGNED DEAL TO STRENGTHEN MEDICAL SECTOR

RWANDA AND BELGIUM SIGNED DEAL TO STRENGTHEN MEDICAL SECTOR

Rwanda and Belgium have entered a five-year-long partnership that is geared towards strengthening laboratory testing for tuberculosis. The partnering will see the Belgium-based Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) sharing best practices with the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) and the University of Rwanda (UR). The development was announced during the launch of the collaboration to build capacity for molecular surveillance and promote antimicrobial stewardship and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The event that took place on Wednesday,…

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CONSTRUCTION OF INZOVU MALL TO KICK-OFF SOON IN RWANDA

CONSTRUCTION OF INZOVU MALL TO KICK-OFF SOON IN RWANDA

Construction works on the proposed multi-billion mall dubbed ‘Inzovu Mall’ is set to start in May 2023. Arguably the largest shopping center to be constructed by the French firm Groupe Duval in Rwanda, it will occupy the premises of the former justice ministry adjacent to the Kigali Convention Centre. The handover of the property was completed in February 2022, with the property changing hands between the government represented by Rwanda Development Board and Rwanda Housing Authority to Duval…

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EU TO CONSTRUCTION LONG-AWAITED MARKET IN RWANDA

EU TO CONSTRUCTION LONG-AWAITED MARKET IN RWANDA

The long-awaited construction of the Kigali Wholesale Market for fresh produce could start next year, after the European Union reached a deal with the government to fund it. The project, to be constructed under two phases, will cost an estimated Rwf29.5 billion, according to estimates from the National Agriculture Exports Development Board (NAEB). With the capacity to handle 180,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables every year, the market was expected to serve some 100 wholesalers….

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MUVUMBA MULTI-PURPOSE DAM CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN NEXT YEAR IN RWANDA

MUVUMBA  MULTI-PURPOSE DAM CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN NEXT YEAR IN RWANDA

The construction of Muvumba multi-purpose dam, which will cost €121.5 million (Rwf122b), could start in June next year, project developers have promised. The project, whose design started in 2015 is yet to mature due to different setbacks including a lack of financing and the upgrading of dam designs. Now, according to Rwanda Water Resources Board (RWB), the project has got €121.5 million from the African Development Bank (AFDB). According to report from last month, the African…

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WHY CONSTRUCTION OF GISENYI MARKET STILL ON HOLD AFTER 11YEARS IN RWANDA

WHY CONSTRUCTION OF GISENYI MARKET STILL ON HOLD AFTER 11YEARS IN RWANDA

Nearly two years after getting new investors to revive the project, the controversial Gisenyi market which is estimated to cost more than Rwf4 billion is still put on a halt. Initially, construction of the market – which started in 2010 – was supposed to be completed in 2013 by ABBA Ltd but work stalled after District officials found that there were tender irregularities. In January 2021, it was reported that the first phase of the project would…

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CITY OF KIGALI KICK-OFF CONSTRUCTION OF 10 ROADS PROJECTS

CITY OF KIGALI KICK-OFF CONSTRUCTION OF 10 ROADS PROJECTS

The City of Kigali has kicked off the construction of 10 roads in different parts of the capital. The roads are part of the Kigali Infrastructure Project (KIP) to build a 215 kilometers road network and several bridges by 2024 according to Merard Mpabwanamaguru, City of Kigali’s vice-mayor in charge of urbanization and infrastructure. The construction works comprising 70 Kilometres, which kicked off on November 24, are part of Phase two of the project. The…

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RICA EXPLAIN BAN ON STEEL BARS IN RWANDA

RICA EXPLAIN BAN ON STEEL BARS IN RWANDA

Substandard steel bars which are said to have a grade of ‘upper yield strength below 500MPa (500N/mm2)’ will no longer be accepted on the Rwandan market according to Rwanda Inspectorate, Competition, and Consumer Protection Authority (RICA). The said grade means a lack of tensional force resistance per square millimetres. Operators and users have been granted six months to deplete their current stock and no new order is allowed except those done before with proof, RICA announced. The…

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RWANDA PRESIDENT SAYS DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES ARE KEY FOR DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

RWANDA PRESIDENT SAYS DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES ARE KEY FOR DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

Digital technologies are a catalyst for development in Africa yet almost half of the low and middle-income countries do not have access to the internet even when living in areas in areas with broadband coverage, said President Paul Kagame while opening the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Tuesday, October 25, in Kigali. The Congress has brought together a variety of tech players, business leaders, and policymakers from the…

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RWANDA MINISTER ANNOUNCED REVAMP OF STALLED WHEAT FACTORY

RWANDA MINISTER ANNOUNCED REVAMP OF STALLED WHEAT FACTORY

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has announced that it has deployed technicians to work with an investor who took over the Nyamagabe wheat processing factory through an auction, to work on machinery and be able to resume operations. The factory’s operations stalled for four years leaving farmers without a sustainable market. The previous owners of the factory were saddled with debt from Ecobank which led to halting operations as it had to be auctioned. The…

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UGHE UNVEIL INSTITUTE OF GLOBAL HEALTH EQUITY RESEARCH IN RWANDA

UGHE UNVEIL INSTITUTE OF GLOBAL HEALTH EQUITY RESEARCH IN RWANDA

The Institute of Global Health Equity Research (IGHER) which is part of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) was officially launched on September 16, with an ambition to become the epicenter of the creation and dissemination of global knowledge focused on the eradication of global health inequities. IGHER which began in March 2020, is UGHE’s research institute which is expected to contribute to the university’s mission through high-quality research and research training to ideally…

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RUSUMO HYDRO PROJECT TO HELP CUT POWER TARIFFS IN RWANDA COME 2023

RUSUMO HYDRO PROJECT TO HELP CUT POWER TARIFFS IN RWANDA COME 2023

The regional Rusumo falls hydroelectric power plant is expected, upon completion, to help cut electricity tariffs, according to Felix Gakuba, the Managing Director of the Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL). The joint project shared by Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that will generate 80MW, with each country getting 26.6 MW, is expected to be complete by March 2023. “We expect the plant to be commissioned by March 2023 with all 26MW available for evacuation. We expect that…

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CONSTRUCTION OF BASE-BUTARO-KIDAHO ROAD BEGINS IN RWANDA

CONSTRUCTION OF BASE-BUTARO-KIDAHO ROAD BEGINS IN RWANDA

Works to execute the stalled Rwf65 billion Base-Kidaho Road project will start by the end of September this year, according to Emile Patrick Baganizi, the Deputy Director General of Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA). He confirmed this on Thursday, September 8 as the agency appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as part of the ongoing public hearings related to the findings contained in the Auditor General’s report of 2020/21. Located in Northern Province, the…

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MEDICAL TOURISM: HOW IT IS AFFECTING AFRICA’s HEALTHCARE ECONOMY

MEDICAL TOURISM: HOW IT IS AFFECTING AFRICA’s HEALTHCARE ECONOMY

Annually, thousands of people globally travel abroad seeking affordable advanced medical care. This is one of the easiest ways to get a passport. Common medical procedures that people undergo on medical tourism trips include dental care, surgery, cosmetic surgery, fertility treatments, organ and tissue transplantation, and cancer treatment – per CDC. This has less been common in Africa, but due to the increasing number of health issues that cannot be cured locally, and the spread of…

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RWANDA MINSTER TO TOUR REFURBISHED HUYE STADIUM

RWANDA MINSTER TO TOUR REFURBISHED HUYE STADIUM

The Minister of Sports Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju will tour the newly refurbished Huye Stadium ahead of Saturday’s 2023 African Nations Championship return leg qualifier between Rwanda and Ethiopia in Huye District, Southern Province. The 10 000-seat facilities have been under renovation since late April prompting Mukura Victory Sports to play the remainder of their 2021/22 league campaign at Kamena Stadium. The stadium needed a facelift to meet international standards and is the only venue so far…

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PLANS UNDERWAY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF RWANDA FIRST DIGITAL CENSUS

PLANS UNDERWAY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF RWANDA FIRST DIGITAL CENSUS

Preparations are underway for Rwanda’s first digital census of people with disability, whose results will be used to establish a national registry. The traditional data collection with pen and paper made it impossible to have a national database of disabilities, their causes, and the challenges disabled people face, officials said. The census will cost $1 million (over Rwf1 billion), and 60 percent of it will be spent on data collection, according to the National Council…

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KIGALI MASTER PLAN DEVELOPMENT GETS BRITISH DESIGNING FIRM

KIGALI MASTER PLAN DEVELOPMENT GETS BRITISH DESIGNING FIRM

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios), a British architectural design firm, has been selected to develop the green city Kigali master plan and detailed designs for the pilot phase. Established in 1978, with offices in Bath, London, Manchester, Belfast, and Edinburgh, the firm is known for its pioneering work in sustainable design and social design agenda. The selection was done in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects according to Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA). The Kigali…

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RWANDA PM LAUNCH CONSTRUCTION OF US$530M NATURAL GAS PLANT

RWANDA PM LAUNCH CONSTRUCTION OF US$530M NATURAL GAS PLANT

The construction of an ultra-million plant to produce compressed natural gas for cooking, vehicles, and industries from Lake Kivu methane gas is expected to be complete within two years in the Karongi district, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has announced. He said while officiating a ground-breaking ceremony for the compressed natural gas production facilities at Lake Kivu. GasMeth Energy LTD is set to undertake the project. Ngirente said that methane gas provides an energy resource, valued…

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