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Rwanda GDP growth expected to reach
7.2 percent in 2018: World Bank

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Rwanda’s GDP is expected to grow 7.2 percent in 2018 and 7.5 percent in 2019, said a World Bank report released on Thursday.

Although the GDP growth of Rwanda remains below its historical average for the second year in a row, net exports contributed to the growth, suggesting that the recent growth has become more balanced, said Aghassi Mkrtchyan, World Bank senior economist, at the launch of the report on Rwanda’s economic update in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.

The annual growth reached 6.1 percent in the second half of 2017, thanks to improved export performance, revitalized agriculture and the resumption of growth in private consumption, said the report.

According to the report, favorable weather experienced in 2017 brought a substantial pick-up in agriculture, and accelerated the growth in services to 8 percent. However, the industrial growth slowed mainly because construction continued to contract, said the report.

Rwanda’s economy grew at 6.1 percent in 2017, exceeding previous projection of 5.2 percent, figures of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda showed.

The GDP of Rwanda was estimated at 7,597 billion Rwanda francs (about 9 billion U.S. dollars) in 2017, up from 6,672 billion francs (about 7.8 billion dollars) in 2016, the figures showed.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Rwanda promises to support self-reliance of refugees

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Rwanda is committed to supporting refugees in the country to achieve self-reliance, Rwandan minister of disaster management and refugees said Wednesday.

“We have empowered refugees in our country to enroll in several economic development initiatives. Through these initiatives both host and refugee communities will be enabled to enhance self-reliance and improve their common living environment,” said Jeanne d’Arc De Bonheur at the celebrations to mark the World Refugee Day at the Nyabiheke refugee camp in Gatsibo district, Eastern Province.

Established in 2005, the Nyabiheke camp is home to over 15,000 refugees and 1,337 asylum seekers mainly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the ministry of refugee.

Refugees will be self-reliant through the government’s efforts under Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), said the minister.

As a vehicle for the implementation of pledges made at the United Nations leaders’ summit in September 2016 in New York, CRRF specifies key elements for a comprehensive response to any large movement of refugees,

According to her, the government of Rwanda is committed to ensuring that all refugees get valid refugee identity cards, 100 percent of refugee students enroll in secondary schools and 50 percent in primary schools get integrated in the national education system, among others.

Helping refugees rebuild their lives requires all concerted efforts from host countries and the UN, said Ahmed Baba Fall, Representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to Rwanda.

“Self-reliance model is vital because it encourages refugees to have hope for a better future. It leads to better outcomes in terms of income, food security and education,” he said.

Rwanda currently hosts nearly 153,000 refugees mainly from Burundi and the DRC, statistics of the ministry of refugee showed.

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Armed gang kills two in southern Rwanda

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- An armed gang on Tuesday night shot five people and killed two of them in a rural village in southern Rwanda, the Rwandan police said on Wednesday.

The attack took place shortly before midnight in Nyabimata Cell, Nyabimata Sector in Nyaruguru district, Southern Province, the police said in a statement.

“The gang shot five people, killing two. Those injured in the attack, including the executive secretary of Nyabimata Sector, were rushed to Munini hospital where they are receiving medical care,” the statement said.

The assailants also set fire to a car belonging to the executive secretary and unsuccessfully tried to break into Nyabimata Savings and Credit Cooperative, it said.

The group also attacked a trading center in Nyabimata Sector, where they looted mainly foodstuff.

The assailants had emerged from Nyungwe forest which borders Burundi, and fled in the same direction after the attack, said the police.

The police said that security officials responded immediately and are currently in pursuit of the attackers, adding that local leaders and security authorities convened a meeting with affected residents to restore calm and reassure them of their security.

           

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