Rwanda is at the top of the list of fastest growing countries in Africa. This fact is the result of a consistent policy to create a supportive environment for economic development in the country. Rwanda also ranks high in the "Ease of doing business" index and is among the safest places in the world. A high level of governance, and a long-term strategy of the country's leaders make Rwanda a destination for investors and businesses. The attractiveness is also supported by the growth of the middle class in the country. In addition, in recent years Rwanda has been strengthening its regional position, a fact that makes the country a gateway to various countries in the region and markets of hundreds of millions of consumers.
Population: 13.5 million
Official language: Kinyarwanda and English
GDP per capita: $2672 (PPP) $891 (nominal)
Growth rate: last decade average 7%
Employment by sectors: agriculture (55%) services (27%) industry (18%)
Leading industries: coffee, pepper, mining, tourism, defense
Trade agreements: member of the East African Community (DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan)
- Economic overview
- Rwanda as a HUB – gateway to other African markets
- Opportunities, incentives and challenges
- Business registration, regulation and taxation
- Regional trade agreements and business culture
Einat Weiss, Israel's ambassador to Rwanda – Einat was appointed last summer. One her main goals is to encourage the activity of Israeli companies and businesses in Rwanda in order to increase trade between the countries.
Philip Lucky, Chief Investment Officer at the Rwanda Development Board RDB, a government institution in charge of accelerating economic growth and development of the country, where he is tasked with aligning RDB’s strategic priorities with the National Vision and driving interventions to attract more investments in the country. Prior to that, Philip served in different capacities at the RDB, including Division Manager, Investment Promotion department, Director Global Investment Promotion and Senior Investment Promotion officer.
Espoir Serukiza, Economic Advisor at the Israeli Embassy in Rwanda –
For about 4 years, Espoir has been the embassy's economic advisor at the Embassy of Israel. He and the team worked to facilitate Israeli partners who look into establishing their activities in Rwanda and the region. Having familiarized himself in previous years with the Israeli culture and markets that he acquired during his master's degree studies at the Hebrew University, he has navigated offices in Rwanda with various Israeli investors.
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