KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda Utilities Regulatory
Authority (RURA) Wednesday said it had approved the
acquisition of Tigo Rwanda, a major telecommunication
company in Rwanda, by its rival Airtel.
RURA announces the transfer of all shares of Millicom
International Cellular S.A. in TIGO Rwanda to Airtel
Rwanda Ltd.,” said a statement released by RURA.
is a subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular S.A..
consolidation of the two operators is expected to bring
industry stability, improved quality of services and
product innovation, according to RURA.
statement said subscribers will not be required to
change their existing TIGO telephone numbers and
existing TIGO cash services will not be affected.
released by RURA in October 2017 shows that Tigo had
40-percent share of Rwanda’s total 8,675,826 active
subscribers, compared to MTN’s 41 percent, while Airtel
had 19 percent.
said in a statement in December that it signed an
agreement for the sale of its Rwanda operations in line
with company strategy to focus on providing advanced
fixed and mobile data services in Latin America.
America markets contribute 86 percent of Millicom’s
group revenue, according to the website of Millicom.
Rwanda to focus more on
investing in water
harvesting, irrigation to enhance food security
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda will focus more on investing in
water harvesting and irrigation infrastructures in
marshlands and on hillsides in order to enhance food
security and achieve economic prosperity for all
Rwandans, said Rwandan agriculture minister on
of irrigation schemes is part of the government’s
program to achieve the overall vision of ending extreme
poverty and promoting the country’s economic prosperity.
Over the years, Rwanda depended on rain fed agriculture
which had put the country at risk of food shortages
resulting from prolonged dry seasons,” said agriculture
minister Gerladine Mukeshimana at a news conference on
the status of food production in the country in the
capital city of Kigali.
said irrigated land surface on hillsides covers about
50,000 hectares which has strengthened the agriculture
sector’s efforts to produce high value crops most
especially horticultural produce.
security situation remains under control whereby the
country targets to produce 775,114 tons of maize and
585,439 tons of beans in 2018 harvest in February,
according to her.
that the country targets to increase irrigated land
surface from current 48,508 hectares to 102,284 hectares
by 2024, as well as value addition for agriculture
sector will continue to be priority especially through
irrigation and marshland development.
the ministry of agriculture, the Rwandan government has
improved agriculture production through supporting
farmers to construct water retaining dams and irrigation
systems in almost all districts across the country,
which enable farmers to get water for irrigation
throughout the year, it said.
in Rwanda accounts for a third of Rwanda’s GDP, read the
website of Rwanda Development Board.