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Volkswagen Group Names CEO For Rwanda

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Volkswagen Group Names CEO For Rwanda

Michaella Rugwizangoga will be the first Chief executive Officer for the Volkswagen Group in Rwanda.

The new CEO is a distinguished scientist

“Volkswagen Group South Africa proudly announces the appointment of World Economic Forum Global Shaper Michaella Rugwizangoga as new Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda CEO,” reads in part a tweet from the South African based Volkswagen.

Meanwhile, in January, Germany’s Volkswagen AG said it would start assembling three vehicle models at a new plant in Rwanda in May for local sale and use in its own new ride-sharing service.

According to the company, $20 million will be spent to start developing the assembly plant and ride-hailing service – part of a push into sub-Saharan Africa.

“We are trying to break this thought-pattern that Africa is poor; they can’t afford (new) cars,” Thomas Schaefer, chief executive of Volkswagen Group South Africa said in January.

Volkswagen says it will produce three models; the Hatchback Polo, the Passat and possibly the Teramont, a large sports utility vehicle, it said in a statement.

About 500-1,000 jobs would be created in the first phase of the investment, including the drivers of the first batch of cars for the ride-hailing service.

As of 2017, Rwanda only had 300,000 cars and most of the cars are second-hand imports from countries especially Toyota brands from Japan.

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