Africa: Rwanda Is Building a Low-Footprint, Luxury Tourism Industry From Scratch and Succeeding

“The president is coming!” The excited whispers ripple around the sumptuous new Singita Kwitonda Lodge on the Rwandan side of the verdant, haze-shrouded Virunga volcanoes, then become increasingly urgent: “He’s outside!” “He’s here now!” Like the hundred or so other international guests who made the journey to this hauntingly beautiful spot for the lodge’s opening ceremony, I am intrigued to […]

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Africa: Rwanda Govt. Appoints key officers into new offices

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Rwandan government has appointed officers into key strategic positions in the country. Former Country Representative for the USAID East Africa Trade & Investment Hub, Zephanie Niyonkuru, was appointed as the deputy chief executive officer, Rwanda Development Board (RDB). Zephanie Niyonkuru holds a Master of Science in Finance (Economic Policy) from the SOAS University of London. Also, Louise Kanyonga, is now […]

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Africa: Disappearances Require Credible Investigations

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A journalist and an opposition member from Rwanda are still missing one month after disappearing in separate incidents. Their loved ones have not heard from them, and the authorities have revealed nothing about investigations. Eugène Ndereyimana, an opposition member with the unregistered Forces démocratiques unifiées (FDU)-Inkingi party was reported missing by his colleagues on July 15, 2019 after he failed […]

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Africa: Rwanda Keeps Boeing 737 Max Purchase On Hold, Seeks Brazilian Aircraft Manufacturers

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Rwanda has officially said that it has put on hold a purchase order for the Boeing 737 Max plane until the troubled aircraft sorts out its technical problems. Rwanda was one of the many countries that had ordered for the Boeing 737 max planes before the aircraft was this year involved in two fatal aviation accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia […]

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News: Rwanda begins issuing East African e-passport

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Rwanda on Friday started issuing the Rwanda East African Community electronic passport through the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration. The new document is in compliance with the new East African Community technical specifications as well as International Civil Aviation Organisation, making it admissible globally. Other EAC countries, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have also commenced issuing the electronic passports. This […]

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News: Inside the Musanze caves of Rwanda that became a safe haven for 1994 genocide victims

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Since 2013 when they became the latest addition to tourism sites in Rwanda, they have become a huge tourist attraction, drawing in huge numbers of foreign travellers and investors. These giant caves, known as the Musanze caves, are sited in the heart of Volcanoes National Park north of the country in Musanze District. Formed as a result of volcanic activities […]

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Africa: Qatar Looks Towards Rwanda For New Ally

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Rwanda is beginning to play a pivotal role for Qatar’s geopolitical interests in, one of the richest economies looking for strategic allies in the continued rash for interests in Africa. The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar arrived in Kigali late Sunday to meet President Kagame for bilateral talks. The two leaders had a Tête-à-Tête and later […]

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Africa: Ethiopia, Rwanda airlines eating our cake as we wait-KQ tells MPs

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Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz says Rwanda’s national carrier, Rwandair, will be bigger than Kenya Airways in five years due to Government subsidies and the investments the country has made in its aviation industry. While appearing before the National Assembly Transport and Public Works Committee on Tuesday, Mikosz said Kenya Airways (KQ) is losing out to state-owned airlines […]

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Africa: Visitors to Rwanda now spending more

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Tourists coming to Rwanda may not necessarily be shelling out more cash as those that visit Western countries and some Asian destinations like Japan, Thailand, and Macao, but recent data shows what could be achieved in the medium and long term. Statistics from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) indicate that tourists who visited Rwanda in 2018 spent on average US$43 each, […]

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Africa: “An inspirational story”: Rwanda’s Travel & Tourism economy up 14% in 2018

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The Travel & Tourism economy of Rwanda grew by 13.8% last year – one of the fastest rates in the world, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) annual review of the economic impact and social importance of the sector released today. In 2018, Travel & Tourism contributed RWF1.3 trillion (US$1.4 billion) to the country’s economy, an increase […]

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