|Rwanda at a glance|
|Saturday, 08 January 2011 08:57|
Motto: Ubumwe, Umurimo, Gukunda Igihugu "Unity, Work, Patriotism"
Anthem: Rwanda nziza
Surface area: 26,338 sq. km
Political system: Unitary state with multiparty democracy
Population: Approximately 10,473,282 people ( 2009 est.)
Urban population: 18% of total population (2008)
Demonym: Rwandan, Rwandese
Official languages: English, French and Kinyarwanda . Kiswahili is also used in commercial hubs.
Principal religions: The nation is some 56.5% Roman Catholic, 26% Protestant, 11.1% Adventist, and 4.6% Muslim, original beliefs 0.1%, none 1.7% (2001)
International organization participation: ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AU, CEPGL, COMESA, EAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO (correspondent), ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, NAM, OIF, OPCW, UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMIS, UNWTO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
Exports: $219 million f.o.b. (2008 est.)
Main Exports: coffee and tea
Main Crops: beans, peas, bananas, cassava, sweet potatoes, sorghum, millet, and Irish potatoes
Imports: $759 million f.o.b. (2008 est.)
Fiscal year: calendar year
Telephones - mobile cellular: 1,300,000 for MTN (est 2009), and 280,000 ( April 2009) for Rwandatel with free roaming packages regional some regional operators both companies have 3G services. MTN introduced Blackberry services also.
Radio broadcast stations: FM 15 (three international FM programs include the BBC, VOA, and DeutcheWelle), SW 1
Television broadcast stations: 1, (international channels are available from DSTV and Star Media Africa)
Calling code: +250
Internet country code: .rw
Internet hosts: 815 (2010)
Internet users: 450,000 (2009)
Closest ports: Mombasa, Kenya via Uganda (1760 km by road); Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1528 km by road)
Climatic conditions: Tropical but mild because of elevation. Two rainy seasons: March-May and October-November. Frost and snow possible in the mountains.
Average temperature: 24oC (maximum of 34oC during the day and minimum of 10oC at night). Average in Kigali 19oC.
It is important to note that, fourteen years after the genocide, Rwanda is a very different country from what it was for most of its post-independence history.
Foreign investors speak of it as one of the safest places in Africa, as well as one of the least corrupt, and it is not only their opinion. It is a fact that has been achieved through immense efforts by the Government and the people of Rwanda. Key programs covering Unity and Reconciliation, Decentralization, the Gacaca court system to dispose Genocide cases and other Community/local Government activities have collectively contributed to the peaceful and secure Rwanda of Today!
Also, Rwanda has a development-oriented Government committed to the transformation of the economy into a regional hub for services and industry. The development Roadmap Vision 2020 specifies development targets for the country. Clean, committed and peaceful, Rwanda is now an investment location well worth considering.