The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda published a special edition on the 10 years anniversary of existence in the Netherlands from 2006 to 2016. Click on the coverpage to read the Anniversary Magazine online.
Kwibohora23 in The Hague
On 4 July 2017, Rwanda celebrated 23 years of transformation. Liberation Day is held every year on 4 July, marking the day the Rwandan Patriotic Army liberated Kigali leading to the end of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
Kwibohora23 is an opportunity to share Rwanda’s liberation story, the journey of unity and reconciliation since 1994 and the country’s vision of shared prosperity.
The Embassy of Rwanda in The Hague celebrated this with the diplomatic community and international organizations at the Hilton Hotel in The Hague. The celebration included a lunch-reception with traditional dance, a short speech by 3 Rwandan children and a speech by Ambassador Jean Pierre Karabaranga.
The first World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa opened today (27 June 2017) in Kigali to discuss innovative strategies on persistent challenges in public health in the African Region.
Themed “Putting People First: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa”, the forum runs from 27-28 June 2017. WHO Africa provides a platform to promote reinforced country ownership and governance for health, and explores concrete ways for partners to contribute in reforming the work of the organisation in the African region.
The two-day gathering deliberates on improving health security, progress towards equity and Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and the unfinished agenda of communicable diseases while exploring the new Sustainable development Goals (SDGs), and tackling social and economic determinants of health across Africa.
On 10 June 2017, over 2,000 Rwandans and their friends from across Europe and different corners of the world gathered in Ghent, Belgium to interact and discuss on Rwanda's progress and solutions to challenges ahead.The event was graced by the presence of President Paul Kagame, senior government officials, Rwanda’s ambassadors in European countries, and other leaders.
Speaking at the gathering, President Kagame reiterated that Rwanda today is writing new destiny, one that is based on unity, hard work and self-reliance. “When other nations are putting their interests first, why don't you ask why they ever had an interest in you to begin with? We learned long ago, that you couldn’t rely on anyone else to save you. When people waited for their lives to be saved and no one came, we had to rescue ourselves. We had to rely on ourselves," President Kagame said.
Out now: issue 65 of RwandaFul-The Hague, newsletter of the Embassy of the Republic of #Rwanda in the Netherlands. Click here to download the newsletter.
RwandaFul newsletter #65
Out now: issue 65 of RwandaFul-The Hague, newsletter of the Embassy of the Republic of #Rwanda in the Netherlands. Click here to download the newsletter.
Rwanda Business Seminar in Wassenaar, the Netherlands
On Tuesday 16 May 2017 the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in The Hague, in cooperation with the Dutch Council for International Business (DCIB), organized a business seminar to update the Dutch business community about the business and investment opportunities in Rwanda.
Purpose of the event was to promote Rwanda as an economic and political stable country with high economic growth and ambitious future perspectives.
The key USP’s for Dutch entrepreneurs were: sectoral development approach, foreign investments policy, high “ease of doing business” ranking and gateway to Eastern Africa.
The seminar focused on the following three sectors:
Agro & food - Rwanda has a need to modernize the agro & food sector and can make effective use of the broad range of technologies/services of Dutch companies,
Information & communication technology - Rwanda’s ambition is to become Africa’s ICT and digital hub and is an excellent hub for Dutch entrepreneurs to market their, expertise, products and services in Africa,
Sustainability & Renewable energy - Energy in Rwanda is scarce and expensive. There is a large demand for clean & renewable energy solutions based on wind, solar and biomass technologies through different business models (on-grid and off-grid).
Receive/share first hand information about Rwanda as a business destination,
Become informed about upcoming projects & discuss your roadmap into Rwanda,
Share first hand experiences of Dutch entrepreneurs already active in Rwanda.
14.10: The entrepreneurial economy by Mr Hans Biesheuvel, chairman DCIB Board and chairman ONL voor Ondernemers
14.30: Introduction DCIB and economic profile of Rwanda Mr Dewanand Mahadew, managing director DCIB
15.00: What Rwanda has to offer to Dutch entrepreneurs, by H.E. Jean Pierre Karabaranga, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic Rwanda to the Netherlands
15.30: coffee break & networking
15.45: Doing business in Rwanda by Mr Rene van Dijk, BEIN Group
16.00: Doing business in Rwanda by Mr Folkert Castelein, chairman Africa Business Development
16.20: Panel discussion with the Ambassador, DCIB and participants
Rwanda business & investment event in Sofia, Bulgaria
On Thursday 11 May 2017, the Embassy of Rwanda in The Hague hosted an event in Bulgaria to share the business & investment opportunities in Rwanda with the members of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and with Rwandans.
The purpose of the event was to engage the Bulgarian business community with the abundant investment opportunities available in the Rwandan market, with the view to attracting potential investors to Rwanda.
In order to achieve this objective, Ambassador of Rwanda H.E. Jean Pierre Karabaranga took the opportunity to inspire, connect and catalyse the private sector in Bulgaria with Rwanda’s business & investment opportunities.
The event was organized in cooperation with the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in order to position and market Rwanda as a valuable trade and investment destination and participants had the chance to network with representatives from the Embassy.
The Embassy sincerely thanks the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr Tsvetan SIMEONOV for co-organizing this event with the Embassy of Rwanda in The Hague!
Rhinos return to Rwanda
Eastern black rhinos are coming back to Rwanda after the last individual was documented in the country 10 years ago – a historic move for the nation and the species. African parks, a conservation non-profit that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments across the continent, in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board and with funding provided by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, is translocating a founder population of up to 20 Eastern black rhinos to Akagera National Park in Rwanda from South Africa. This extraordinary homecoming will take place over the first two weeks of May. The People’s Postcode Lottery and the Dutch Government are also providing additional support to the project.
With fewer than 5,000 black rhino remaining across their range in the wild, of which approximately 1,000 are the Eastern black rhino subspecies, this reintroduction is an urgent, progressive, and valuable opportunity for their conservation, and serves as a story of hope for the species.
“The return of the rhinos to Rwanda's Akagera National Park opens a new chapter in our conservation journey and we are grateful to all our partners that contributed to this achievement. We are fully prepared to welcome them and ensure their safety for the benefit of our tourism industry and the community at large. We couldn't be more excited for their return,” said Clare Akamanzi CEO-Rwanda Development Board.
The Dutch Council for International Business (DCIB), in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in The Hague, is organizing a business seminar to update the Dutch business community about the business opportunities in Rwanda.
Rwanda is an economic and political stable country with high economic growth and ambitious future perspectives. Key USP’s for Dutch entrepreneurs are: sectoral development approach, foreign investments policy, high “ease of doing business” ranking and gateway to Eastern Africa.
Date: 16 May 2017
Time: 14.00 – 17.30hrs.
Venue: Hotel Van der Valk, Zijdeweg 54, 2245 BZ Wassenaar.
The number of seats for this seminar is limited. Please register through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Made in Rwanda storybooks
The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in the Netherlands is proud to present to you the Made in Rwanda storybooks for Rwandan children in our community. These books were written by young Rwandan authors with the vision to teach children outside of Rwanda about their motherland and to inspire them. These are high quality, fun and colorful books for children from 3 – 12 years old.
We currently have the Rwandan Books (in English only) available upon request. 1. Oh Rwandan Child: $8.00 – 7.50 Euros 2. The ABC’S Of Rwanda: $8.00 – 7.50 Euros 3. African Children Stories (Rwandan Edition): Free of Charge
Out now: issue 63 of RwandaFul-The Hague, newsletter of the Embassy of the Republic of #Rwanda in the Netherlands. Click here to download the newsletter.
Happy International Women's Day!
On 8 March we celebrate women's achievement and commit to driving gender parity. The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. Around the world, IWD can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.
In Rwanda, women equally benefit from their country’s development process like their male counterparts, they enjoy equal rights to property such as land, which has been instrumental in enhancing their productive capacities and improving their welfare. The Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion announced a series of activities in schools and at the sector level this month to educate girls and women in general on preserving their dignity.
Internationals Women's Day - The Hague - 18 March 2017
On the occasion of International Women's Day, the Ambassador of the Republic of #Rwanda to the Netherlands, H.E. Jean Pierre Karabaranga, cordially invites you to a lively gathering which will take place at the Hilton The Hague on Saturday 18 March 2017, from 5PM to 10PM.
You may expect a full program including a fashion show, an exhibition of African clothes and a meet & greet with make up artist Ms Eva Kayitesi representing DUSK Cosmetics.
Our primary task is to match our ambitions with our deeds – President Kagame tells leaders at the opening of 14th Umwiherero
Gabiro, 25 February 2017
President Paul Kagame has reminded senior leaders attending the 14th National Leadership Retreat, Umwiherero, that their primary task is to match the country’s ambitious targets and their deeds.
President Kagame who was speaking at the opening of the retreat said that owing to the country’s dark past, Rwandans have to use unconventional ways to deliver the aspired middle-income status. “Our tragic history means that we cannot move at the same pace as others. We are trying to cover an extremely huge deficit. We need ambition, sense of urgency and a dignified life. Our primary task is to match our ambitions with our deeds, our activities and what we expect to be the outcomes,” President Kagame said.
The Head of State further reiterated that with the desire to leave the country’s history far behind, leaders can’t behave as if they can take their time. “Achieving what we have set out to achieve for ourselves is really not for the halfhearted. You need to have your heart in the right place to use your skills and knowledge for the benefits of this country and its people. Let us get back on track and do what the people of Rwanda expect from us,” President Kagame said.
Presenting on the implementation status of the 13th National Leadership Retreat resolutions, Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi pointed out that out of the 14 resolutions taken, ten have been implemented at status well above 71 per cent, while the remaining four are still lagging behind at a status of 50-71 per cent.
The National Leadership Retreat commonly known as Umwiherero, meaning retreat, refers to a tradition in Rwandan culture whereby leaders would convene to reflect on issues affecting their communities. The objective of these meetings was to identify solutions and commit to achieving them. Today, the concept has been adapted and refers to a gathering of the country’s senior leaders to solve ongoing challenges.
This year’s retreat puts a particular emphasis on unlocking bottlenecks that affect implementation of key government programmes and devise ways to ensure improvement in delivery of leaders’ promises. An estimated 300 leaders from Central Government, Local Government, parastatals and the private sector are in attendance.
Umwiherero provides a unique opportunity for Rwanda’s leaders to reflect on the country’s progress and identify strategies to accelerate the delivery of national priorities.
RwandaFul-The Hague newsletter #62
Out now: issue 62 of RwandaFul-The Hague, newsletter of the Embassy of the Republic of #Rwanda in the Netherlands. Click here to download the newsletter.
Rwanda’s Heroes Day celebrated at village level
Celebrations to mark Heroes Day will take place at the village level to encourage citizen participation. The Minister Sports and Culture Julienne Uwacu announced this during a press conference on the preparations of annual National Heroes Day Commemoration, which take place on 1st February every year. The theme of this year’s National Heroes Day is "Heroism is making choice that fit us”.
Speaking on the role of remembering our Heroes, Minister Uwacu said: “We honour our Heroes who gave their lives for liberty and dignity of all Rwandans. We continue to be inspired by courageous Rwandan patriots whose sacrifices have shaped the new Rwanda and opened opportunities for all. Their enduring spirit guides us to a brighter future”.
A number of activities are planned during the Heroes Day in a bid to honour Heroes’ outstanding achievements. Those include public lectures on the legacy left by Heroes, cultural event organized by local artists and the football game which will oppose the two first team in Rwanda’s National League APR FC and Rayon Sports FC.
National heroes are classified into the following three categories:
Imanzi, which refers to supreme heroes with outstanding achievements and unparalleled sacrifice
Imena, who are remembered for their sacrifice for their country
Ingenzi, who are recognized for their exemplary actions
On the national level, Heroes Day ceremony will be held at Heroes' Mausoleum where a number of heroes were recognised including: Major General Fred Gisa Rwigema, an unknown soldier representing all the fallen soldiers during the Liberation War, the students of Nyange who bravely sacrificed their lives rather than separate themselves based on ethnicity, former Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, and King Rudahigwa who abolished all forms of serfdom and advocated for Rwandan unity and independence.
RwandaFul newsletter 2016
Out now: the 2016 compilation of RwandaFul-The Hague newsletter of the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda the Netherlands. Click here to read the newsletter.
Rwanda at 2017 Vakantiebeurs tourism exhibition
11 January 2017
For the 8th time Rwanda is showcasing its marvelous tourist attractions at the Vakantiebeurs tourism exhibition, the largest tourism exhibition in the Benelux taking place this week until Sunday 15th of January in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The exhibition kicked of on Tuesday 10th of January with a trade day for the Dutch travel industry professionals and travel media.
Rwanda is among the 160 countries that participate at the Vakantiebeurs, which attracts more than 125,000 visitors. Rwanda Development Board, Embassy of Rwanda in The Hague, Amahoro Tours, Mountain Gorilla Safaris, Wildlife Tours Rwanda, Mercator Assistance and the African Parks Foundation are represented at the Rwanda stand during the six-day event.
This years’ edition of Rwanda @ Vakantiebeurs is about discovering Remarkable Rwanda and it’s also all about Rwandan coffee & tea. Not only about the special flavors and how it tastes, but important are the stories and the people behind the Rwandan coffee. Visitors to the Rwanda stand can enjoy a photo exhibition at the stand with portrait photos of all individuals involved in the coffee chain, from the person who works at the coffee plantation in Rwanda to the barrista in the Netherlands who makes and serves the coffee. The Dutch are a true coffee drinking nation and now the taste of Rwanda coffee is discovered, they might be visiting a plantation when they will be making a round trip in Rwanda.
During the trade day Rwanda's Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Jean Pierre Karabaranga, invited Mayor Van Zanen of Utrecht to the Rwanda stand to discover the tourism opportunities in the land of a thousand hills and showed him the Rwanda photo exposition.
On behalf of the Rwanda Development Board, Ambassador Karabaranga invited the Dutch tourism professionals and travel media to the RwandaFul Reception. Several Dutch tour operators came to share good news about their experiences with selling Rwanda holidays in the Netherlands. Well known tour operators in the market like Jambo Safari Club, Untamed Travelling and AV Tours & Safari are selling a variety of Rwanda round trips and the overall experience is that the tour operators are satisfied about 2016 as they have seen an increase in numbers. Some have said to work on several activities to train their travel agents on the destination Rwanda and one operator is planning an educational trip for their agents.
The official 2016 arrival statistics have not been published yet, but from the feedback that was given during the event, it might the expected that the increase of 22% in arrivals from the Netherlands in 2015 is likely to continue in 2016 and 2017.
Ms Linda Mutesi, division manager tourism marketing at RDB, participated in this exhibition and met with several new Dutch tour operators that have great interest to include Rwanda (both leisure and MICE) in their brochures and on their websites.
Co-exhibitors at the Rwanda stand
•African Parks Foundation - Ms Sophie Vossenaar
•Amahoro Tours - Mr Gregory Bakunzi
•Mountain Gorilla Safaris - Mr Evert Jakobs
•Wildlife Tours Rwanda - Mr Davidson Mugisha
•Mercator Assistance - Mr Vedaste Kayiranga
Events & activities at the Rwanda stand
Networking: RwandaFul Reception for trade & media on Tuesday 10 January - 4pm to 6pm at the Rwanda stand with drinks and Rwandan bites
Culture promotion: Rwanda dance performances in front of the Rwanda stand. 4 dancers per day.
Coffee/Tea promotion: Barista (Mr Paul van Weert / Brewanda) with daily free Rwanda coffee tasting and serving tea
Story telling promotion: Photo exhibition Museum Volkenkunde Leiden (National Museum of Ethnology) at the back of the Rwanda stand. Visitors can enjoy this photo exhibition with photos of all individuals involved, from the person who works at the coffee plantation in Rwanda to the barrista in the Netherlands who makes the coffee.
Other Rwanda promotions at Vakantiebeurs
Rwanda destination video was daily showed in the Reisfilmtheather (travel movie theater)
Nr 1 travel blog Droomplekken.nl gave a presentation at their booth about Rwanda as their bucket list destination.