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Republic of Rwanda
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Location  Africa
Capital  Kigali
Area  26,338 sq km
Population  12,187,400
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  • Rwanda and India signed a cooperation agreement in agriculture, with a focus on irrigation and capacity building, on 25 January 2013.

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  • The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) on 29 January 2016 presented Rwanda with the 2016 Award for Excellence in recognition of the country’s progress in fighting malaria and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target for malaria reduction.[1]

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  • President Paul Kagame received the prestigious 2012 African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) award on behalf of Rwanda on 30 January 2012 for exemplary leadership in accelerating and sustaining access to malaria control and treatment. The award was presented to President Kagame during a luncheon hosted by ALMA, held on the sidelines of 18th Ordinary Session of the African Union.[2]

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  • On 20 March 2012 Rwanda officially launched the third phase of their National Information and Communication Infrastructure Policy, broadly divided into five areas, ICT skills development, private sector development, ICT for community development, e-Government and cyber security.[3]

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  • Qatar Airways made its first commercial flight to Kigali, Rwanda on 21 March 2012 with its AirbusA320, giving more choices to air travelers and set to bring a positive impact on local economic growth.[4]

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  • Dr. Rose Mukankomeje from Rwanda was honored with the United Nations Forest Heroes Award on 10 April 2013 for her initiative to bring Rwandans together to protect their natural resources from over exploitation and environmental degradation.[5]

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  • Rwanda served as global host of the 2010 United Nations' World Environment Day (WED), an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. Theme of WED-2010 was "Many Species. One Planet. One Future."

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  • Rwanda and 25 other nations from Africa on 10 June 2015 signed a historic free trade pact, Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), that will ease the movement of goods across member countries in next five years. Once fully implemented, the 26-nation TFTA will be the continent's largest free-trade zone.

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  • Priscilla Ruzibuka, an entrepreneur who helps women gain employment in Rwanda, received a Queen’s Young Leaders award at a ceremony held at the Buckingham Palace, in London on 26 June 2018.[6]

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  • Ministry of Natural Resources of Rwanda was accredited by the Green Climate Fund, a fund within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on 9 July 2015. The accreditation by the fund will enable Rwanda to access project-based climate finance.

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  • Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo agreed in principle to allow an international border force to patrol their mutual border, according to an anti-rebel pact signed on 15 July 2012 between the leaders of the two countries. The proposed force would tackle militia groups in the eastern DR Congo and is seen as an important step towards establishing peace in the region.[7]

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  • Agathe Uwilingiyimana was Rwanda's first female Prime Minister. She served as Prime Minister of Rwanda from 18 July 1993 to 6 April 1994.

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  • Rwanda has introduced an electronic clearing system that is expected to shorten the time taken for goods to cross its borders, cut costs for businesses and boost regional trade, according to an official announcement on 3 August 2012.[8]

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  • The presidents of Rwanda and Uganda signed a pact in Angola on 21 August 2019 aimed at ending a long-running rivalry that led to conflict in the past and closed their busiest border crossing for the past six months.

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  • Nine Year Basic Education Fast Track Strategies, a community-based project from Rwanda to ensure equitable access to nine years of basic, quality education and skills, won the 2012 Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards. It was initiated in 2009 as a response to a heightened demand for secondary education in Rwanda.

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  • Elections held on 15 September 2008 saw Rwandan women taking 56.25 percent of the contested parliamentary seats something that has never happened in Africa or in the world.

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  • Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 17 September 2013 which would help implementation of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydro-electric project to cost 340 million US dollars. The objective of the project is to increase supply of electricity to the national grids of Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania.[9]

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  • On 21 September 2011, an international panel from World Future Council in collaboration with the United Nations awarded Rwanda’s National Forest Policy the gold medal, honoring its work in biodiversity conservation, ecotourism and green jobs which increased forest cover by 37 percent since 1990.

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  • Rwanda was elected as a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council on 18 October 2012 for the years 2013-2014.

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  • Rwanda was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the African region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

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  • Rwanda on 28 October 2016 was elected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the first time ever for a three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2017. The United Nations body is responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.[10]

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  • Rwanda was ranked as the world‘s fourth most gender-equal country, according to the World Economic Forum‘s Global Gender Gap index published on 2 November 2017.[11]

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  • Academic Bridge from Rwanda won the prestigious Thematic Award for eEducation at the 2016 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Awards.[12]

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  • President of Rwanda Paul Kagame received the United Nations' highest environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award, in the Policy Leadership category for his outstanding leadership in fighting climate change and in national environmental action on 2 December 2016.

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  • The Government of Rwanda and the People’s Republic of China signed three interest free loan agreements on 21 December 2012 worth $19 million.[13]

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  • Rwanda and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a visa waiver agreement, as revealed on 31 December 2017. The visa waiver applies to Emirati citizens who are holders of diplomatic, special, VIP and ordinary passports and Rwandan citizens with diplomatic passports.


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