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Africa’s First Electric Vehicle Company Celebrates 250,000Km




Africa’s first electric vehicle company (Ampersand) on Monday celebrated 250,000 kilometres travelled by its 20 motorcycle taxis in Rwanda.

Infrastructure Minister Claver Gatete said at the event, this is a very good beginning. “All of us, everybody in the country, all policy makers including the Head of State are supporting you…It works, it’s made in Rwanda, we want it in Rwanda and we want it in the region.”

“We are very, very excited that you have reached 250,000 kilometers. I congratulate you for that,” Minister Gatete said.

“With our electric motorcycles and battery-swap model, we make it cheaper to buy and operate an electric motorcycle than a petrol motorbike,” said Josh Whale, Ampersand Founder and CEO, at the Kigali event.

He noted that going electric can already double a driver’s income now, and leapfrog Africa towards a zero-carbon future.

Moto taxis are common on Rwandan roads however, the fuel they burn is expensive, and produce serious amounts of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The electric motor bikes could be a solution.

Since its launch in May 2019, twenty Ampersand e-motos have been operating on a commercial basis, taking passengers and goods across Kigali. Drivers rent batteries from a network of Ampersand charging stations around town that they swap out in less than two minutes.

“The whole team at Ampersand is incredibly proud of this achievement. We’ve proven that our electric motorcycles, assembled locally in Rwanda, can replace petrol bikes while doubling drivers’ incomes, reducing harmful emissions, and saving drivers time,” says Whale.

“We couldn’t have reached this milestone without the strong support of the Government of Rwanda and we are looking forward to working together to achieve the first mass-market shift to electric vehicles in the world.”

This event was also attended by U.S. Ambassador Peter Vrooman, German Ambassador Thomas Kurz, Head of DFID Rwanda Sarah Metcalfe, and Director General of REMA Coletha Ruhamya.

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Rwanda To Host African Air Chief Symposium



In partnership with the United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces in Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) Rwanda will host the 11th annual African Air Chiefs Symposium (AACS) at the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) in Kigali city, Rwanda from 24 to 28 January 2022.

More than 160 guests from 40 member states of the Association of African Air Forces (AAAF) are expected to convene in Kigali to discuss “Strategic Airlift” on the African continent.

The purpose of the symposium is to create a forum for Air Chiefs from across the African continent to come together to address regional and continental issues, enhance relationship and increase cooperation among African Air Forces.

The main function of the Association of African Air forces is to assemble and advocate for partnerships between Air forces on the continent. The AACS operates with the support of the United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces in Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA).

The annual African Air Chief Symposium enables the networking and liaison between Air forces in achieving the objectives of the Association.

Since its establishment in 2015, the Association of African Air Forces has been very instrumental in providing a forum for members to multilaterally discuss common security challenges.

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Japan, Rwanda Discuss Development Of Private Sector



Rwanda and Japan have held discussions aimed at deepening cooperation in areas of infrastructure, agriculture, health, education and private sector development.

Uzziel Ndagijimana Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning on Friday hosted at his office Masahiro IMAI, the Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda and Shin Maruo JICA’s Chief Representative to Rwanda.

According to Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance , the country needs to recover faster from the negative impact of the covid19 pandemic, register annual double-digit growth and increase private investment rates from current 26% to at least 35% of GDP.

This will require a major shift from public led growth which characterised the post genocide era to private sector led growth. In addition, substantial investments in infrastructure and human capital development are key to expanding the role of the private sector.

JICA’s economic cooperation is primarily focused on; economic infrastructure, promotion of value-added agriculture,  water and sanitation, and human resource development.

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Minister Biruta Attends Regional Meeting On Peace, Security In Congo Brazzaville



 Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Vincent Biruta, is in Congo Brazzaville to attend the Economic Community of Central African meeting that is discussing peace and security in the region.

The meeting is taking place in Congo Brazzaville where it is covering topics on peace and security among other issues in the region.

The 20th meeting is attended by top diplomats and leaders with a high position in the community including His excellency Ahmad Allam-mi and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat. 

Dr Congo’s President, Felix Tshisekedi, who is completing his tenure as the Head of the African Union is expected to hand over  the chairmanship of the organization to President Dennis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville.

Shakila Mutoni, the Director-General for Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the annual meeting is aimed to set the annual agenda of the organization that focuses on security and peace.

“The meeting focuses on the restoration of peace in the region and boosting economic and developmental activities.”

Moreover, diplomats tackle ways to strengthen the cooperation in restoring peace and stability in the region and a regional collaborative effort in the fight against the armed groups.

She added that the budgets of the community is also major topics of the meetings.

According to Mutoni, the Central African Republic has so far praised the community for having helped the nation to stabilize particularly Rwanda and President Paul Kagame.

The body has 11 member countries which officials say is a big market for Rwandans to trade in the wider market.

According to Umutoni, Rwanda’s membership in the regional bodies is an opportunity for any Rwandan who would want to go and trade in a country such as Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Kinshasha, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon, Guinea, Chad.

”So membership provides a bigger ground for Rwandans to trade in a bigger market,” she said.

On Monday, the Biruta also briefed the Rwandan Police operating in Bangui under the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, where commended all police to instill courage, discipline, and professionalism in their assigned tasks.


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