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Made-in-Rwanda campaign contributes
to increase of export receipts

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Rwandan government’s Made-in-Rwanda campaign launched in 2015 has had a positive impact on both industrial output and the country’s trade balance, Rwandan Minister of Trade and Industry Soraya Hakuziyaremye said Thursday.

Rwanda’s total export receipts increased from 559 million U.S. dollars in 2015 to 944 million dollars in 2017 while total imports decreased by 4 percent from 1.849 billion dollars in 2015 to 1.772 billion dollars in 2017, according to statistics from Rwandan ministry of trade revealed at the official launch of the Made-in-Rwanda policy and brand in Rwandan capital city Kigali.

The Made-in-Rwanda policy is designed to help boost local industrial contribution to the economic growth while promoting the brand of the Rwandan locally made products at the global stage, which will reduce the country’s burden of relying on imports while promote locally made products from Rwanda, she said.

The policy will, among other things, help entrepreneurs get access to raw materials and markets for their products, according to her.

It is expected to significantly narrow trade deficit by almost 450 million dollars annually in the next seven years, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry.



Defilement and drug abuse rampant in Rwanda: official

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Cases of child defilement and drug abuse are among rampant cases in Rwandan courts, Rwanda’s Chief Justice Sam Rugege said Friday.

In the past three years, more than 9,300 people were convicted of either drug abuse or trafficking, Rugege said at the opening of the 2018/19 judicial year in the Rwandan capital city Kigali.

He expressed dismay that cases of drug abuse seem to be on upward trend, from 1,030 registered in 2016 to 4199 so far this year.

Rugege also said 2,728 people were convicted of child defilement between 2016 and 2018 in different courts in the country, most of which involved victims between 3 to 12 years old.

Those found guilty of defilement will face 20 to 25 years in prison, and up to a life sentence for committing the crime against children below 14 years old. Trafficking or dealing in banned drugs will be sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.


Rwanda embarks on new drive to promote use of French language

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Rwanda has embarked on a campaign to strengthen the use of the French language in the country, Marie Solange Kayisire, Rwandan minister in charge of cabinet affairs, said here Thursday.

The use of French language in Rwanda has been declining due to the fact that many people preferred English language to French despite the fact that both are the country’s official languages, said Kayisire at a news conference on the outcomes of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

The purpose is not intended as a challenge to the English language but a push for a more multilingual Rwanda, she said.

The government is going to ensure that French language is widely used in education, training and official communication in the central African country.

The development comes barely two weeks after former Rwandan minister of foreign affairs Louise Mushikiwabo was elected as the Secretary-General of the International Organization of La Francophonie, an organization of French speaking countries.

Rwandan government decided to change the medium of education from French to English in 2008.



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