Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Rwanda has
given gave names to 22 baby gorillas in an annual
tourism conservation event held at the foot of volcanic
mountains in Musanze District, Northern Province.
The colorful ceremony, held for the 12th time, was
presided over by Rwanda President Paul Kagame and
attracted thousands of Rwandans, members of the
diplomatic corps, foreign dignitaries and conservation
enthusiasts from across the world.
The annual event, locally known as "Kwita Izina" has
become a major tourism ceremony in the small central
It has boosted efforts to conserve endangered
mountain gorillas, which have enabled Rwanda to tap
tourism revenues hinged on conservation.
The ceremony’s main goal is to help monitor each
individual gorilla and their groups in their natural
Speaking at the event, Belise Kaliza, chief tourism
officer of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) said that the
event has promoted the conservation of mountain
gorillas, which has become a major tourism attraction to
"We are proud of what our country has achieved in
terms of tourism revenues generated over the years.
"The revenue sharing scheme with communities around
national parks has greatly helped conservation efforts,"
Kariza stated that baby gorilla naming ceremony was
created as a means of bringing attention both locally
and internationally about the importance of protecting
the mountain gorillas and their habitats.
At the event, President Kagame urged Rwandans to
continue to protect wildlife, saying development and
conservation are complementary.
"Today is not only about Kwita Izina, it is about
remembering that development must be founded on
protecting our environment.
"When we protect our environment, we are also taking
care of ourselves.
"There is no trade-off between economic growths and
protecting our environment, they complement each other,"
Kwita Izina is inspired by the ancient Rwandan
tradition of naming babies soon after they are born.
The ceremony has transformed from a local event to an
international gorilla conservation brand that promotes
Last year’s baby gorilla naming ceremony attracted
500 international and 20,000 local attendees, according
Since the inception of the ceremony, which rates very
highly on the country’s tourism calendar, the gorilla
population has grown by 26.3 percent.
Gorillas contribute about 90 per cent of the revenues
from Rwanda national parks.
RDB organized a series of activities focused on
conservation and sustainable tourism as part of Kwita
They include the naming ceremony, exhibitions,
community project launches, and fundraising dinner.
The general census of the gorilla population in the
Virunga Massif is being carried out with results
expected to be published in 2017.
The last registered gorilla population was 480 in
2010, a 26.3-percent growth from 380 in 2003.
Rwanda seeks to
enhance capital market with capacity building
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda’s Capital Market Authority (CMA)
and British Chartered Institute for Securities and
Investment (CISI) have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) to facilitate capacity building of
the capital market in the east African country.
Robert Mathu, the executive director of CMA, said the
MOU will facilitate professional growth and promote
development in the capital markets in Rwanda.
He observed that financial sector is meant to
contribute to the development and growth of the economy
and therefore such a move is another key to helping the
industry become a source of employment.
"I strongly believe that this MoU will promote the
capital market industry in Rwanda through providing
skills to capital market players," he said.
Helena Green, the strategic project manager at CISI,
noted that the institute will work together with the
capital market to provide a certification program for
practitioners in different job functions.
"The competence is not just about examinations, it’s
about skills, knowledge, expertise, ethical behavior and
the application maintenance of all these," said Helena,
adding that they were delighted to provide assistance
for the certification program essential to boosting
professionalism as well as enhancing attractiveness.
Officials explained that the agreement will
facilitate capacity building to service providers like
fund managers, and brokers.
Rwanda’s Minister of Finance Claver Gatete said the
government wants people to have the necessary skills and
the agreement is in that regard.