Business in Rwanda

EENI- School of International Business

Subject: Doing Business in Rwanda. Kigali. Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Rwanda (Central Africa)
  2. Doing Business in Kigali.
  3. Rwandan Economy
  4. International Trade of Rwanda
  5. Business and Investment Opportunities in Rwanda
    1. Infrastructure
    2. Agriculture
    3. Energy
    4. Tourism
    5. Information and Communication Technology
    6. Mining
    7. Financial Services
    8. Property (real estate) and Construction
    9. Manufacturing
  6. Case Study: Bralirwa
  7. The Rwanda Development Board (RDB)
  8. Introduction to French
  9. Access to the Rwandan Market
  10. Business Plan for Rwanda

The aims of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Republic of Rwanda” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Rwandan economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in the Republic of Rwanda
  3. To explore Rwanda's trade relations with the student's country
  4. To know Rwanda's Free Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of Rwandan Companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Rwandan Market
The subject “Doing Business in Rwanda” is studied...
  1. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  2. Courses: East Africa, Central Africa
  3. Masters (e-learning): International Business, Africa

Recommendations for Rwandese students

Course learning materials in English or French Rwanda Portuguese Ruanda Spanish Ruanda

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Rwanda”: 1 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Sample of the subject - Doing Business in Rwanda:
Doing Business in Rwanda

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Description of the Subject (Foreign Trade and Business in Rwanda).

The Republic of Rwanda: The most densely populated African country.

Rwanda: a landlocked poor rural country.

  1. The Republic of Rwanda is a poor rural nation with 90% of the population working in agriculture
  2. Rwanda is the most densely populated nation in Africa and is landlocked with few natural resources and small industry
  3. The Genocide (1994) shocked the economy of Rwanda and his population
  4. Capital: Kigali (1 Million people): one of the African safest cities
  5. Rwanda is landlocked country
  6. The official languages of Rwanda: Kinyarwanda, French, English, and Kiswahili.
  7. Independence: 1962 (Belgium)
  8. Rwandan population: 12 millions of people
  9. Area: 26,338 square kilometres
  10. Borders or the Republic of Rwanda: Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tanzania

Religion in Rwanda. Christianity: Catholicism (4.7 million) and Protestants (4 million, 43% of the population).

Rwanda belongs to the Central African Economic Area and the East African Economic Area of the African Civilisation.

Rwanda International Trade

The Rwandan Economy:

  1. GDP growth: 7%
  2. GDP per capita: 644 USD
  3. Agriculture: 90% of labour force
  4. Services sector: 45% of GDP
  5. Industry: 15% of GDP
  6. Most Rwandan dynamic sector: Construction and property (real estate)
  7. The inflation: 4.4%
  8. Top Rwandan export products: tea and coffee, minerals
  9. Trade with East African Community (EAC) countries: 35% of the total exports
  10. Currency: Rwandan Franc (RWF)
  11. The favourable terms of international trade and inflows of aid and foreign direct investment have aided and stimulated the Rwandan economy considerably over the last decade. The substantial growth was from an increase in the production of cereal products (maize and wheat)

International Trade of Rwanda

Exports of Rwanda continue to remain small enough compared to the average of Central Africa and mainly stand for the two largest cash crops, tea, and coffee and, recently, mineral products.

Nearest ports:

  1. Port of Mombasa
  2. Port of Dar Es Salaam

Trans-African corridors:

  1. Central Corridor
  2. Northern Corridor

Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)

Rwanda has preferential access to

  1. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  2. COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement
  3. East African Community (EAC)
  4. Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
  5. Generalised System of Preferences (European Union)
  6. Cotonou Agreement
  7. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India
  8. AGOA United States Rwanda
  9. East African Community-US

Rwanda is a member of...

  1. International Conference on the Great Lakes Region
  2. Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region
  3. African Development Bank
  4. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  5. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  6. African Union (AU)
  7. Nile Basin Initiative
  8. Forum Africa (Rwanda) China
  9. Forum Africa (Rwanda) India
  10. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  11. UNCTAD
  12. World Trade Organisation (WTO)

Samples - Business in Rwanda

COMESA Custom Union

East African Community (EAC)

Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region (CEPGL)

ECCAS Economic Community of Central African States

Central Corridor (Africa)

African Northern Corridor

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