World City Planners Want Kigali to Host MetroLab Headquarters

Kigali city Mayor (in white) and other experts at a Metrolab forum on Wednesday

Kigali city Mayor (in white) and other experts at a Metrolab forum on Wednesday

Global experts on city planning have today proposed that Rwanda’s Capital, Kigali should host the regional Metrolab headquarters.

The experts are holding their 7th cession also called Metropolitan Strategic Planning Laboratory (MetroLab) in Kigali, in partnership with the World Bank Group.

The four-day forum has brought together city planners and political leaders, to discuss metropolitan matters.

More than 50 experts are discussing sustainable solutions to city development challenges while also sharing experience about urban management and development.

“Each city serves as a learning laboratory for urban planners around the globe,” says Ede Ijjasz Vasque, the senior Director for the World Bank’s Social, Urban and Resilience Global practice.

“By connecting global cities together, MetroLab shares solutions for growth that are not only inclusive and sustainable but also serve to alleviate poverty and share prosperity.”

The City of Kigali was acknowledged upon the cleanness, which gives it a merit of cleanest and greenest city in Africa.

Experts say that Kigali also serves as a model city in quick service delivery and smart technology whereby internet connectivity is 100%, with a 4G LTE internet.

“Kigali City merits to host a regional Metrolab headquarter thanks to a good planning model it provides,” Yasser Aabdel-Aleem Awny, World Bank country Manager told KT Press in a separate interview.

The World Bank Group, in 2015, ranked Rwanda among six top cities in the world that demonstrate global competitiveness.

However, Victor Vergara a Lead Urban Specialist emphasized that African cities have unique opportunities but especially lack proper long term planning. Participants agree that African cities have good lessons to share.

Kigali City Mayor, Monique Mukaruriza said;  “It is true City of Kigali is on a quick pace of development; however we still face the financial and housing problems. I expect to learn a lot from these experts.”

This is the second MetroLab hosted by an African City but the first to explore the unique planning strategies and opportunities of regional development in a landlocked country.

The metrolab program is a joint initiative between the World Bank Group and other partners, representing best practices from cities throughout the world.

Since its inception in 2014, the Metrolab program has been hosted by Rio, Paris, Seoul, Mumbai, New York and Dar Es Salaam.

World City Planning Experts at a meeting in Kigali

World City Planning Experts at a meeting in Kigali

SOURCE: KT-PRESS

Rwanda Turns To Online Processing Of Land Titles

Rwanda Turns To Online Processing Of Land Titles

Land registration official in the field documenting details of land parcels

Rwanda has digitalized processing for land titles significantly reducing the period from two months to only five working days.

The country is making it possible for every land transaction to be conducted online as a way of wiping out queues at administrative offices and banks and also saving time.

“For a maximum of five working days, a buyer who fulfills required information gets the title lease,” says Odette Mpungirehe, Communication officer at Rwanda Natural Resources Authority/ Land and Mapping Unit.

For commercial properties, it is even much quicker because the title is obtained in one day, only at Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA) in Kigali. This institution has regular updates on maps, standard services and application forms on website.

Rwanda Online an ICT company has secured a 25-year contract from government to digitize all government to Citizen/ Businesses services.

“We are cutting off the time and resources it takes the applicant to have a valid title of land,” says Robert Manzi, an employee with Rwanda Online.

Through a web portal (www.irembo.gov.rw), it will be possible to make an online sale or subdivision of land, and to only go on appointment to the notary to make your transfer certified.

Rwanda Turns To Online Processing Of Land Titles

A page on irembo website

How it works

To start, an applicant needs to have an ICT gadget connected to internet then open www.irembo.gov.rw   to sign up.

The web administrator proposes a username, which consists of first 13 digits of National ID. One is also required to propose a password. With the username and password, you can log in to an account created for you.

At this level, the platform shows Menus to guide the applicant including; seller details, parcel details and buyer details.

The menu has a provision for uploading attachments of title lease to be transferred and the IDs of both the seller and the buyer. There is also a provision for online payment of Rwf 27,000 including; service, notary and lease processing fees. The payment accepts traditional payment through the bank and Visa Card.

The information recipient-the sector land manager accesses all these details from this portal and screens them.

Through a short message (SMS), the officer gives an appointment to the seller and buyer to come and certify sell agreement.

According to Jonas Shema, the Executive secretary of Gikomero sector, there are more people interested in buying land in his sector. They register at least 40 transactions every day.

“In the past, applicants could come and find the land administrator away to the field. But now they will just have to go online and just wait for a feedback when everything is ready.”

Shema told KTPress the service will decrease corruption occurrences because there won’t be contact between service seekers and the provider.

In case of a disagreement, complainants can recourse to a dispute settlement mechanism that has been established in RNRA. Required forms to use to file a complaint or service seekers are available online.

Wise launch of a business in Rwanda

Land transfer/subdivision is just one among several services that Rwanda has digitalized, reducing the number of days and resources it would take an applicant to be served.

For example, to start a business, one needs to register online on the portal of Rwanda Development Board (RDB). Required documents, including a TIN number are obtained within six hours.

After registering a company, an investor goes straight into business, paying all taxes using online services and Mobile phones.

With a taxpayer growing to Rwf 20 million turnovers every year, they are required to register for a Value Addition Tax (VAT). This registration is also done free of charge at RDB.

Currently, Rwanda has close to 10,000 taxpayers on VAT.

Another relief to the investors in Rwanda is the suppression of non-tariff barriers.

Currently there are no more requirements for Cargo release order and transit documents at all borders.

Through the East African Electronic Single Window, a trader shipping goods from any AEC country member does clearance at first entry point and does not need to do more clearance on other borders.

Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) indicates that cargo clearance time through customs was reduced by over 85% from 11 days to just over one day, and the cost of clearance of goods fell by the same percentage from Rwf30, 000 to Rwf4, 000.

Rwanda Turns To Online Processing Of Land Titles

Construction workers monitor a crane lifting material

Building starts online

Construction documents were also digitized in a country where housing gap amounts to 300,000 units in Capital city only.  A building permit in Kigali is applied for online and the approval is also online.

Previously, applicants were required to pay an application fee Rwf 60,000 ($90) and a printed certificate.

Now, the free permit will be issued within 20 days, with a digital signature.

According to officials at Kigali city Construction One Stop Center (OSC), the city issues up to 20 construction permits every month for structure of more than 2 levels and all public buildings.

Prior to obtaining a construction permit, even other requirements that used to cost the applicants a lot are now digitalized.

“Currently, there is no need to carry a bunch of building plans at OSC, because they can be signed online,” says Merad Mpabwanamaguru, in charge of urban planning and investment promotion at OSC.

According to Fred Rwihunda, President of Rwanda Institute of Engineers, “printing the construction plans was a nightmare.”

He said a bunch of 60 kilogram copies of plans was needed for an important project, and could cost up to Rwf 5 million.

Electronic applications are important in filing. They prevent loss of a client’s document while also allowing a quick service.

“In the past, a city engineer had to work on a hard copy, and then pass it to his three colleagues to go through it one after another. Currently, five engineers can work on the same document concurrently,” said Rwihunda.

All along construction, required services should be obtained without delay whereby for example, getting quotation for your power connection takes maximum 2 days.

Rwihunda recalls that it used to take several weeks to have a feedback of their applications from the then Electrogaz.

After construction, a proprietor will apply for occupation permit together with freehold title. These legal documents are obtained in less than 7 days.

Still in this construction sector, Rwihunda is thankful to city of Kigali for having removed topographic survey among requirements to obtain construction permit.

Basically, a topographic survey indicates the sloping of the land, plot delimitation among others. Yet, the construction plan by an architect and engineers is inclusive of this.

“Producing a survey report was in some cases creating duplication and mismatch,” Rwihunda told KT Press.

Rwihunda understands that the intention is to make the engineers more responsible; at the end of the day, it is a prerequisite to carry a final inspection of a property before building occupation.

Managing wrangles

Disputes are not strange when there is business, but the way to deal with them determines country readiness to support transparency and ease of doing business.

In this context, Rwanda judiciary introduced a System that integrates all justice stakeholders. The system can generate any required report, efficiently.

It can be a report on time to disposition, case clearance rate, age of pending cases and single case progress report.

It can also connect players in case including; litigants, court Clarks, judges and police.

Moreover, summons, orders and scheduling dates for hearing are sent electronically.

In case of any failure in business, modern law on insolvency which was recently published helps parties obtain their rights.

It belongs to RDB to offer advisory services on insolvency especially on re-organization of companies.

Source: KTPress 

olleh Rwanda Networks Appeals To Retailers On 4G LTE Over-pricing

oRn CEO, Han-Sung Yoon, says Rwanda enjoys the fastest and the best quality Internet in Africa as the company embarks on a massive roll-out of 4G LTE network expansion across the country

oRn CEO, Han-Sung Yoon, says Rwanda enjoys the fastest and the best quality Internet in Africa as the company embarks on a massive roll-out of 4G LTE network expansion across the country

Rwanda’s sole 4G LTE network service provider- olleh Rwanda networks (oRn), has called upon retailers to desist from hiking Internet prices after the company significantly cut on its wholesale prices.

The company cut wholesale price of 1 GB by 27%, from Rwf 3,226 to Rwf 2,360 with a weekly validity and 5GB by 14.1% from RwF13, 981 to Rwf 12,000 with Monthly validity

oRn CEO, Han-Sung Yoon (Patrick), told KTPress that retailers should translate the reduction in offering fair prices to the consumers.

There are 17 4G LTE retailers, including the three telecoms (MTN, Tigo and Airtel) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) include; ISPA, Popconn, ISCO, Simba Supermarket and others.

By looking at the retail prices on the market, you barely notice any big differences and most of them are still priced high comparing to the communicated wholesale price

“We are the only provider of 4G LTE network, quality is the same, wholesale price is the same to all the retailers but retailers sell at different prices. Some of them make the population think 4G is expensive. It is not!” Han-Sung Yoon said.

Retailers, however, say that the pricing is not the only subject matter to 4G consumption.

Peter Maridadi, CEO for ISPA, an ISP, says there is also the element of demand. “Very few people need it, it is not because it is expensive,” says Maridadi.

oRn has since November 2014 installed 167 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) – equipment that facilitate wireless communication between user equipment and a network.

With a current population coverage standing at 30%, oRn targets to cover 62% and 95% of Rwanda’s population with 4G LTE in 2016 and 2017 respectively

As of recent [Mid-April], the company, through 4G LTE Carrier Aggregation, has put Rwanda on the list of the very first countries on the continent to provide Internet speed of 250 megabytes per second (Mbps).

Nonetheless, the uptake of 4G LTE continues to be hindered by the cost of gadgets compatible with the technology. The cheapest 4G LTE enabled smartphone costs Rwf 62,000.

“This deters subscribers from using this technology,” says Ange Mugeni, an electronics shop owner in the city center.

The effort to sell 4G LTE also face challenges of competition. The technology came into Rwanda shortly after Telecoms had invested in 3G technology.

Barely five years, came 4G. Telecoms have not publicly admitted sabotaging the roll out of 4G, but KTPress is reliably told that they need to make return on their investment in 3G technology first.

More than 62% of Rwanda's teritory can now access 4G LTE connectivity. oRn plans to have 90% of the country covered by end of 2017.

More than 62% of Rwanda’s teritory can now access 4G LTE connectivity. oRn plans to have 90% of the country covered by end of 2017.

Rwanda’s First Lady Challenges African Youth On Innovation

First Lady Jeannette Kagame

First Lady Jeannette Kagame

Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame  has challenged African Youth to get more innovative and exploit existing opportunities on the continent.

“Step out of your comfort zones; create life changing opportunities for you and your communities,” she said Wednesday while opening the youth forum on entrepreneurship in Africa at the ongoing World Economic Forum, Kigali.

She said the African youth can emulate Rwanda’s model by first understanding the current economic drivers and then finding existing loopholes in their countries.

“Learn the rules of this economic environment so you can defy them, as Rwanda has done to truly beat the odds,” she said.

The forum has drawn several participants including young entrepreneurs with relatively big companies and upcoming young entrepreneurs. Both are learning from each other.

Sangu Delle, Founder and CEO of Golden Palm Investments (GPI); an investment holding and advisory company focused on building world class companies in Africa urged the youth, “Never let anyone discourage you but rather set an example to believers, in speech, faith.”

Meanwhile, Ashish J Thakkar, co-founder of the Atlas Mara Group, a Pan-African conglomerate that has acquired the commercial arm of Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) said the Private sector should bring its contribution in addressing youth unemployment.

“Private sector needs to play its part in addressing youth unemployment by equipping young entrepreneurs.”

The youth in Africa today could be operating under a favourable environment that can allow them seize the existing opportunities.

There is political will to develop an inclusive policy allowing both men and women and the youth to contribute to continent’s progress.

“Africa understands that its greatest source of progress and wealth will continue to be its men and women,” Mrs. Kagame said.

This evening, the Rwandan First lady will attend a Gala Dinner Celebration for the 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardees for Africa.

Yesterday another event held on sidelines of WEF discussed role of women in economic transformation under the theme; “Women creating wealth: from financial inclusion to financial independence.”

Panelists included; Mrs Graça Machel, Founder, New Faces New Voices and former First Lady of Mozambique and South Africa, and country representatives of her Foundation reiterated needs of financial institutions to understand business models that would bring women on board.

“We (Africans) organize weddings together, attend funerals together and do every other things together, but when it comes to financing, individualism comes in,” she said.

Way to go is to consider that Africans by culture like to moving together.

“Financial institutions should help with products that can give financing to groups, “she said in front of women entrepreneurs and activists.

Participants agreed women will lead purchasing power in the near future.

First Lady Jeannette Kagame poses for a group photo at a Youth Forum on sidelines of WEF

First Lady Jeannette Kagame poses for a group photo at a Youth Forum on sidelines of WEF

Source: KTPress 

 Winnie Byanyima inspires Rwandan students

m_Winnie Byanyima inspires Rwandan students

The Executive Director of Oxfam international, Ms Winnie Byanyima has called on Rwandan students and African youth to form groups and movements to stand against the new wave of multinational corporations exploiting African economies under the pretext of investments.

Byanyima made the remarks while lecturing thousands of University of Rwanda (UoR) students who attended her public lecture on “tackling inequality” held at UoR College of Business and Economics this May 10, 2016.

“What they call enabling the investor climate has at times created poverty traps for citizens and our governments are at times helpless because they want the money. We stand and fight to stop these businesses which put profit in front of the citizen rights to good life” Byanyima said.

Though she agrees that capitalism is a good economic model that has replaced communism, Byanyima said that the way business is conducted in this model should be questioned, and this should start within student groups, national and global networks.

“We cannot afford to sit and watch these inequalities happening. As Oxfam we are now launching a war on corporate companies who have been supported by the World Bank to start private partnerships which don’t benefit the majority, Byanyima said

Adding that there must be a reverse in the global economics and accountability on governments – where only one percent of the world citizenry is super rich while a majority is in dire poverty as a result of compromised laws on taxation and corruption among government officials.

On behalf of Oxfam, Byanyima is expected to present a new report on Africa’s economy at the World Economic Forum on Africa this May in Kigali city. The report, in brief, will showcase areas where African countries need to fight inequality- through focus on education, health and agriculture and Byanyima says that failure in these areas have widened the inequality gaps on the continent.

ZIGAMA CSS cooperative members seek low interest rates

ZIGAMA CSS cooperative members seek low interest rates

Members of the ZIGAMA CSS cooperative have asked for the cooperative’s board members to reduce the interest rates charged on the loans handed out by the cooperative’s bank- Zigama CSS bank.

The cooperative members argued that there is need to reduce the current interest rates from 13 percent to at least 12 percent so that they can be able to seek mortgage loans and funds to improve the welfare.

The members also said that low interest rates would be easy to repay and this would improve on the services provided by the cooperative bank.

They made the request during annual general assembly meeting held at Zigama CSS offices in Remera, Kigali city this May 6, 2016 in which the members reviewed the cooperative activity report 2015.

Lt Col Rene Ngendahimana, the Rwanda Army Spokesman said that the concerns of the members were legitimate and this is based on the fact that most members- who are security and army servicemen- don’t have large salaries.

Ngendahimana, said that a team of experts has been formed to follow up on this issue of interest rates and a subsequent solution will be given to the board to address the concerns raised during the general meeting.

Rwanda’s First Lady Inspires Girls into ICT Innovation

First Lady Jeannette Kagame with MsGeek 2016 finalists

First Lady Jeannette Kagame with MsGeek 2016 finalists

A Rwandan innovative business student has been crowned Ms Geek 2016 after her automated irrigation project was selected as the best among five finalists.

Rosine Mwiseneza 21, a second year student of Business Management at Kepler University had always wanted to create a solution to irrigation challenges among farmers.

She designed a system that automatically switches on and off an irrigation facility without farmers having to manually operate it.

The automated system consists of censors that first detect dryness or wetness of the ground.

For example if the ground is dry, the censors will send a signal to the system which automatically switches on the irrigation facility. Once there is enough water in the ground, the censors will trigger the irrigation to switch off.

The project won a Rwf2million prize in a tight competition involving five girls who had highly innovative projects among thousands.

“I am so happy that my project won, I have started getting contacts from different people who are approaching me and willing to work with me. I hope this project reaches far and meets many Rwandans, ” she said after winning.

Mwiseneza told KTPress that she expects to work on this project so that it benefits a large population since many Rwandans are engaged in agriculture.

All the final participants were awarded electronic gadgets including laptops and smartphones and the top three won cash prizes.

The First Lady Jeannette Kagame who was the guest of honor at the event said, “It’s truly admirable to see increasing platforms like these being put up by girls in ICT.”

“It’s a great pleasure to be here celebrating the achievements of ladies in ICT who are looking for solutions to problems facing our society in Agriculture, health, unemployment and many more”, she said.

The first runner-up was Samantha Manywa Pauline,  awarded a cash prize of Rwf1million including a Samsung tablet and a smartphone. Her project, ‘Hello Job’ is an innovation that seeks to decrease unemployment.

Lisa Ikirezi was the 2nd Runner-up winning a cash prize worth Rwf 500,000 and same gadgets.

The people’s Choice Award was taken by Ange Uwambajimana for her innovation of automated monitoring of IV-drips on patients.

In her innovation, a censor is placed at the drip and will send a message to the doctor’s phone to signal that the patient needs another drip.

Uwambajimana is a second level student at Tumba college electronics and telecommunications.

Ms Geek2016 encourages other young girls to believe in themselves and always fight to achieve their dreams.

Ms Geek competition is founded by Girls in ICT, an initiative that encourages young girls and women to pursue careers in the field of science, technology, and mathematics (STEM).

Lucy Mbabazi, the President of Girls in ICT told KTPress it has been a rough journey to have Ms Geek, however the seeds sowed are yielding positive results.

Rosine Mwiseneza crowned Ms Geek 2016, her Irrigation project was the best innovation

Rosine Mwiseneza crowned Ms Geek 2016, her Irrigation project was the best innovation

Mwiseneza presenting her automated irrigation  system

Mwiseneza presenting her automated irrigation system

Miss Rwanda also graced the event

Miss Rwanda also graced the event

The event was highly attended

The event was highly attended

More girls are increasingly embracing technology

More girls are increasingly embracing technology

Ms Geek 2016

Ms Geek 2016

SOURCE : KT-PRESS

 

Rwandans urged to adapt to new container export measures

m_Rwandans urged to adapt to new container export measures

The Rwanda exporter’s community has been encouraged to adapt to the new container export measures that have been set up by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to reduce dangers of maritime accidents.

The call was made by Emmanuel Butera, the Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory (RURA) official this April 26 during a consultative workshop on approved changes to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention which will see the use of Verified Gross Mass (VGM) instead of declaring Gross mass for containers.

The guidelines implemented by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) will require Rwanda to meet the 1st July 2016 deadline of abiding by the new VGM regulations.

“The new developments are good for Rwanda and we should be able to meet the deadline. We have everything it takes and this will need everyone to come on board to achieve this deadline” Butera said.

Butera said Rwandan exports will be safe and in good hands thus creating a sense of good trade relations with countries where Rwandans send and import goods.

Alfred K. Jaka, the Shift Manager at KPA Conventional Cargo department says the KPA authorities have had to make enforce the new regulations to reduce on fraud activities where over weigh containers are wrongly declared thus causing maritime accidents.

“We have had some experiences of misdeclaration and this is why we are moving towards changing these practices. Every container will have to be verified in order to be exported” Jaka said.

Jaka also added that every country will have to build a recommended weigh bridge that complies with the International Maritime Authority’s (IMO) safety standards and this will ease the process of verifying the containers before entering the Mombasa port in Kenya.

Most Rwandan exporters use the Mombasa port to export agricultural produce and minerals to Asia and Europe and despite the mishaps of thefts at the port, KPA authorities guaranteed improved services in future.

Cimerwa Chocking On Competition Despite Injecting Millions

Rwanda cement in new packaging.

Rwanda cement in new packaging.

Rwanda continues to become a regional hotspot for cement producers despite Cimerwa, the local cement producer, having injected $140 million six months ago to meet local demand and generate surplus for export.

On August 17, the Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi officially launched the new $140 million Cimerwa plant in Rusizi, western Rwanda, which was expected to increase the firm’s production capacity from 100,000 to 600,000 metric tons per year.

Cement imports are only increasing, as regional cement giants aggressively penetrate the growing Rwandan market.

Yet, exports of Cimerwa decreased from 351.4% in volume in 2014 to 143.9% in 2015 and dropped from 457.3% in value to 71.3% respectively.

Cimerwa CEO, Busi Legodi told KTPress the firm is “still on the ramp up stage” of the expansion process.

“We are currently growing our markets where we could not reach before,” Legodi said.

The $250 million plant, largely controlled by South Africa’s Pretoria Portland Cement Company (PPC Cement), is still producing at 65% capacity, making the firm only cater for 40% of the market.

“We plan to work our way up to help to fill the growing demand,” Legodi said.

However, the February 2016 central bank’s monetary statement blames Burundi and DRC decreased import of cement, which has dramatically affected Cimerwa’s export volumes and values.

Meanwhile, Cement supply in Rwanda is estimated to be between 400,000 and 600,000 metric tons per year, largely catered for (60%) by Uganda’s Hima Cement and Tanzania’s Kirimanjaro Cement.

Even though Cimerwa is not biting large on the booming construction industry both locally and internationally, CEO Legodi says the cement sector is “Exciting and encouraging, especially with the growth of cement demand in Eastern Africa.”

Exciting or not, until the firm takes full control of the local market first, with increased production, hopes of taking advantage of the boom remains in the talk.

New plant

New plant

SOURCE : KT-PRESS

Has Water Corporation Finally Solved Kigali Water Puzzle ?

Residents queue to fetch water at a public tap

Residents queue to fetch water at a public tap

Rwanda’s water corporation has announced that in the next eight months, Kigali will have enough clean water.

Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) has promised that by December 2016 there will be no more water shortage for good.

“We have a plan to offset the total water demand for Kigali by December 2016,” James Sano, WASAC Chief Executive Officer told KTPress earlier today.

Kigali needs about 110,000m3 per day, yet supply increased to only 90,000m3, from 65,000m3 in the last two weeks.

The apparent increase resulted from the upgrade to 25,000 m3 of Nzove II water treatment plant in Nyarugenge district.

However, there is still a gap of 20,000m3. The gap is costing heavily on city dwellers, especially maids and school children who spend nights awake waiting to be the first to fetch water at public water kiosks.

Sano said the upgrade of Nzove II by Culligan, an American firm, will continue to reach 40,000m3 by December, while Nzove I will also be optimized to produce 40,000m3.

The two phases that are meant to cost Rwf 5billion will bring total water coverage to 120,000m3, which will allow Kigali have required water ratio.

Ideally, every city dweller should consume 100 litres per day, but Kigali residents are still relying on 40  litres.

With Nzove upgrade, some neighborhoods that had accepted water scarcity as a norm, are now optimistic there will be no more water shortages.

“We used to get water twice in a week (Monday and Friday) but a couple of days ago, we were surprised to have water throughout the week. It seems God has remembered us,” said Emmanuel Hitiyaremye, a resident of Nyakabanda sector in Niboye sector-Kicukiro.

In our previous story, WSAC had indicated that some infrastructure can suffer rationing, but others are meant to never have a dry tap, not even for a second.

“You cannot afford to stop water flow at a hospital. If a disease starts from a hospital, consequences would be disastrous and WSAC would be liable,” said Methode Mutagungira, Director of Water and Sanitation Services at WASAC.

In 2013, the water loss increased to 42.38% of the total volume of water produced and distributed, according to auditor general’s report.

Rwanda will join the rest of the world to celebrate the World Water Day tomorrow. This year’s theme is ‘Water and Jobs’.

Last week Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources said that, “We will highlight how water and jobs interact to transform people’s lives.”

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