High Commissioner’s Message

 

Remarks from the High Commissioner, Ambassador Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, 15 November 2019.

The World Bank’s “Doing Business” report for 2020 ranked Rwanda as the second easiest place to do business in Africa. It is the 3rd consecutive year that Rwanda maintains its good ranking in terms of ease of doing business. This ranking is a result of numerous efforts and reforms carried out recently, which aimed at making the business environment in Rwanda seamless and efficient.

To date, more than 40 Singapore companies have been registered in Rwanda, and their operations have been going on very well. I am heartened to see their positive impacts on the Rwandan economy. Currently, five more projects are being discussed and are at the advanced stages of planning.

Trade transactions between Rwanda and Singapore have consistently grown at 34% annually, and Singapore is now among the top 10 export destinations of Rwandan products. The number of Singaporeans visiting Rwanda has been increasing at an average of 18% per annum for the past 5 years.

Various Singaporean institutions have trained hundreds of Rwandans through Singapore’s cooperation initiatives. Skills and knowledge gained from Singapore’s developmental journey have served to support Rwanda on its path to economic development.

The High Commission will continue to serve all friends of Rwanda, investors, and tourists from the region willing to visit and invest in Rwanda. We will also strengthen the existing good relationship with the countries and the people in the region.