Rwanda ranked among top ten African countries in global Index on ICT

Rwanda ranked among top ten African countries in global Index on ICTKIGALI (TOA) – Rwanda was ranked among top ten African countries and 83th among 143 surveyed nations in the Global Index on Information Technology for inclusive growth , the World Economic Forum (WEF) showed Thursday in its latest report.

Mauritius ranks first in Africa and 45th worldwide ( with a score of 4.5 ), followed by Seychelles ( World 74th with a score of 4) and South Africa ( 75th globally with a score of 4).

The report, entitled ” ICT for Inclusive Growth ” , provides practical solutions to enable everyone to enjoy and participate in the ICT revolution .

In addition, Rwanda is also ahead many other developed countries across the globe including South Korea, Russia and Singapore, according the report. Read More…

NAEB reassures coffee farmers, exporters

NAEB reassures coffee farmers, exportersThe National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB) is confident the country’s coffee quality will cushion farmers, processors and exporters against the current decline in prices on the international market.

According to Dr Celestin Gatarayiha, the head of coffee division at NAEB, Rwanda might also not be affected because it sells its coffee through contract buyers.

“Rwanda sells coffee through negotiated contracts with international stakeholders… we do not sell at the Mombasa auction,” explained Gatarayiha.

He added that Rwanda exports a sizeable amount of specialty coffee, which is not likely to be hit by price decline. The expert, however, noted that they are also looking to improve quality and increase volumes in order reduce the impact of international coffee price declines.

“Buyers like quality coffee, and will pay handsomely regardless of whether there is an increase is supply,” said, noting that some of the coffees on the world market do not match Rwanda coffee quality.

He, however, said ordinary coffee was likely to be affected by the drop in global coffee prices.

Gatarayiha was responding to recent big declines in coffee prices at the Mombasa auction and at the world’s largest auction in New York, where prices have dropped by over 22 per cent.

The decline has been attributed to increase supply of coffee on the world market, especially from Brazil and Colombia, the major growers, and poor quality beans in some coffee exporting countries.

By mid-March, a 50-kilogramme bag of coffee had dropped from a high of $279 last month (202,275) to $228 (Rwf165,300) at the Mombasa auction. Read More…

Rwanda has ‘fulfilled 80% of UN rights recommendations’

Gacaca court committeeRwanda will in November appear before the UN Human Rights Council to defend its human rights record as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and it is particularly expected to give an update on the recommendations made in the previous review.

UPR is a state-driven process that involves a review of the human rights record of all UN member states.
In 2011, Rwanda accepted to implement 67 UNHRC recommendations relating to human rights practices in the country and, according to Justice Minister Johnston Busingye, much progress has been made.

“Today, we are happy to be at over 80 per cent of implementation of the recommendations. We don’t count the UPR process as simply a submission of report or as implementation of recommendation; we count it as something which Rwandans need, a public good for Rwandans, so when we are doing this, we are not looking at satisfying anyone in Geneva,” said Busingye referring to the UNHRC headquarters.

Although Rwanda accepted to take on the recommendations in 2011, the country started the review in June last year and, as of today, according to the justice minister, 55 of the recommendations have been fully implemented.
“Twelve of them are in the process; among these include nine that will be fully implemented by April 30 and three recommendations might remain work in progress even after we have submitted our report,” Busingye, who is also the Attorney-General, said. Read More…

Indian companies to build hydro-power plants for Rwanda

Indian companies to build hydro-power plants for RwandaKIGALI (TOA)- Two Indians companies have officially commenced the construction of 28 megawatts (MW) Nyabarongo Hydroelectric Power Plant in Rwanda, an official source told the Times of Africa (TOA).

The plant, located in North Western Rwanda, for which the construction works started in 2009 is expected to be completed by July this year and is being constructed by India-based Bharath Heavy Electrical Ltd (BHEL) and Angelique International Ltd (AIL), according to the Rwandan Minister of Infrastrcture, James Musoni.

It is said that both Indian firms signed the Engineering procurement construction contract with the Rwandan government to complete the project by July 2015

Commenting on the new move, the senior Rwanda’s government official said that the hydro dam project is being constructed to generate 28 megawatts of electricity for the country thanks to the credit line of US$91M that was granted by the the Export-Import Bank of India.

The Nyabarongo Hydro Electricity Power Project was conceived in late 2007, but due to constraints of funds the construction work has always been hampered by lack of funds and appropriate technology, it is said

RWandan officials said that the project when completed would open new frontiers to drive the socioeconomic transformation of the entire country to another level. Read More…

Team Rwanda win best African team slot

Team Rwanda win best African team slotTeam Rwanda Cycling was yesterday crowned the best African team at the 10th edition of the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo Tour in Gabon.

The Rwandan riders emerged number one ahead of African giants like Eritrea, Morocco, South Africa, Algeria as well as hosts Gabon, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Ivory Coast.

Team Rwanda finished third in the general classification behind two professional teams, winners Skydive Dubai from the United Arab Emirates and Team Europcar from France.

“We are very excited about being the best African team. From the organizers to the teams and fans here in Gabon, everyone is awed by our performance. This is a very big achievement for Rwandan cycling and we are glad we could rewrite history for our country,” explained the excited coach Felix Sempoma.

Sempoma further mentioned that, “We were competing against very tough teams and to think that we finished above four professional teams from Europe is a very big achievement for us.”

Team Rwanda also finished above Bretagne Séché-Environment (France), Bike Aid (Germany), Roth-Skoda (Switzerland) and Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Belgium). Read More…