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KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Mary Ann McDonald [left] from the United States who has tracked gorillas for 91 times in Rwanda attends the baby gorillas naming event at the Volcanoes National Park in Musanze district, northern Rwanda. The naming team [right] leave the event at the Volcanoes National Park in Musanze district, in the northern province. Rwanda on Friday gave names to 22 baby gorillas in an annual tourism conservation event held at the foot of volcanic mountains in Musanze District, Northern Province. XINHUA PHOTOS

Rwanda ministry names 22 baby gorillas in conservation ceremony

KIGALI 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 African country.

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 habitat.

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 Rwanda.

"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," she said.

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," he said.

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 tourism.

Last year’s baby gorilla naming ceremony attracted 500 international and 20,000 local attendees, according to RDB.

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 Izina 2016.

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.



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