KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda is looking for big investments in
renewable energy sources in order to stimulate the country’s
green economic development, top government officials said
Rwanda has a lot of
untapped investment opportunities in the renewable energy
sources, said Claire Akamanzi, chief executive officer of the
Rwanda Development Board (RDB) at a renewable energy conference
held in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
She said Rwanda is
looking for investors in various renewable energy options
available across the country.
Rwanda has set clear
targets in renewable energy and other power generation sources,
as it is targeting to achieve 100 percent access to electricity
countrywide by 2024.
Minister Edouard Ngirente in September presented the
government’s development strategy up to 2024, which said the
country sets to increase electricity production both on and off
grid to ensure that 100 percent households will have electricity
by 2024 from the current 22 percent.
Rwanda hosts the
international renewable energy event from Oct. 19 to 20
dedicated to advancing renewable energy for rural
electrification and agricultural development.
The meeting will
provide an international business and partnerships platform by
highlighting attractive investment opportunities in renewable
energy, according to organizers.
According to James
Musoni, Rwandan minister of infrastructure, the Rwandan
government is ready to facilitate investments and cooperation in
renewable energy to meet and scale up green and clean energy
sources in the country.
Musoni said the
country aims to increase electricity access through off-grid
technologies and facilitate private-sector to participate in
renewable off-grid electrification
energy generation is at 210.9 MW on the national grid. Of this,
hydro power accounts for 48 percent, thermal 32 percent, Solar
5.7 percent and methane-to-power 14.3 percent, according to
Rwanda Energy Group (REG).
REG said in a report
in August that the country has achieved about 40.5 percent
access rate, of which on-grid access represents 29.5 percent
with off-grid access standing at 11 percent.
Rwanda has set an
ambitious target to increase installed electricity generation
capacity to 563 MW within the next two years which requires
massive investments in the energy sector.
In May, Rwanda
launched the construction of a 350 million U.S. dollar peat
power plant in Akanyaru marshland, Gisagara district, Southern
Province that is expected to add 80 MW to the national grid.
Last year, the
country unveiled power plant projects including a mega methane
gas power plant project which is expected to produce 100 MW from
Lake Kivu, the world’s only methane rich water body, and a 23.7
million dollars solar power plant.
African ministers meet in
Rwanda for easing people movement across continent
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
African ministers on Friday met in Rwandan
capital Kigali to ease movement of people on the continent.
“Free movement of
persons is equally regarded as one of the key strategies in
achieving Pan-African ideals,” Rwandan justice minister Johnston
Busingye said at the opening of a ministerial session during the
second ordinary Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on
migration, refugees and displaced persons.
The two-day meeting
will discuss free movement of persons, African Union(AU)
migration policy framework, and common African position on the
global compact on migration. The meeting, following a three-day
experts meeting, drew nearly 30 African ministers in charge of
To accelerate free
movement of people and goods will require going beyond political
commitments to immediate implementation, officials said at the
resides in a lack of sense of urgency and capacity to implement
the political commitments and decisions taken at the ministerial
level in different meetings at regional and continental level,”
said Minata Samate Cessouma, AU’s Commissioner for Political
She said African
governments are reluctant when it comes to empower institutions
to implement regional integration and intra-African trade
“We need to refocus
on the policies and measures to facilitate the movement of
persons to deepen regional integration and promote trade between
countries across the continent,” said Samate.
To achieve visa-free
Africa, free trade area and free movement of persons and goods
on the continent will take much more than political commitments,
said Mohamed Salem Ouid, minister of foreign affairs of the
Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic. He said it will require
practical steps on the ground.
According to AU,
Africa is faced with a difficulty in free movement of persons in
Africa where Africans are forced to go through lengthy and
restrictive processes in order to travel and many Africans
embark on long, complicated and dangerous routes across the
desserts and the Mediterranean Sea.
need visas to travel to 54 percent of other countries on the
continent in 2016, said a report of the African Development Bank
The report revealed
that 24 percent of other countries on the continent issue visas
on arrival to African nationals and 22 percent of African
countries waived visa requirements to African visitors.
condemns Human Rights Watch report
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwandan Parliament Thursday condemned what it
called false report by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW),
which it said is aimed at discrediting the country.
The HRW report
published on July 13 said Rwandan security forces summarily
executed at least 37 suspected petty offenders in Rwanda’s
Western Province between July 2016 and March 2017.
The HRW also said it
documented enforced disappearances of suspected petty offenders
in Rwanda and the incidents in which authorities encouraged
local residents to kill suspected thieves, who were beaten to
“The Parliament of
Rwanda condemns HRW for its ignominious acts and information
contained in its report, including rumors of death of people who
are still alive, in order to discredit the country, its
leadership and security organs, humanity and Rwandan people in
general,” said a parliament resolution.
Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) last Friday disproved the
report, saying “the entire report is built on fabricated
findings of its inquiry at a press conference, which indicated
that people reported executed in the HRW report are either
alive, or died from various accidents or shot by border patrols
while using a pathway usually used by a Rwandan Hutu rebel group
to infiltrate Rwanda following regular alerts by local
authorities for security reasons.
“The Parliament of
Rwanda is convinced that HRW did not use professionalism,
skills, truth and independence, which should be the basis of its
work in order to win credibility as an international human
requested the Rwandan government to re-examine the memorandum of
understanding between the government and HRW so that
“ignominious acts tarnishing the image of Rwanda and Rwandan
people could not continue.”
Rwandan official urges African
countries to work together for improvement
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
Vincent Karega, Rwandan High
Commissioner to South Africa, on Thursday called on Africans to
adopt best practices from each other and abroad, improve trade
and shun corruption.
Speaking at the
inaugural Tropics business summit in Johannesburg, Karega stated
that Africa is rich in natural resources, blessed with strong
youthful population which needs to be put to good use.
He stated that
Rwanda is now one of the fastest growing countries in the
continent because they adopted good practice from the continent
“We need to do more
on our leadership and governance. We have to remove red tape or
bureaucracy and have a vision shared by the governments and
citizens. A lot needs to be done. We need to fill up skills gap,
fight corruption and build a culture of patriotism, discipline
and values of the region,” said Karega.
genocide in 1994 but turned the tide and is now one of the
countries rated high in the world in competitiveness and the
ease of doing business. Rwanda adopted some of the best
practices from South Africa, including constitution making,
reconciliation and the university management.
He said, “As the
continent we have to change the culture as government, people
and mind-set. We are strong as Africans and not as Rwanda,
Nigeria or South Africa. We have to work together. We have to
think global and act locally.”
The Tropics business
summit will end on October 21, 2017. The meeting is being
attended by people from different countries to find ways to
collaborate and improve the continent.