Rwanda Geography, Culture, Politics, and Economy

Rwanda is one of the smallest countries in Africa, in the African Great Lakes region and bordering Burundi and Uganda among other nations. With an estimated population of 12 million, the country’s main ethnic groups are the Hutu, Tutsi, and Pygmy (TWA). As a result of European colonization, the governments and policies since independence tended to favor one ethnic group over the other, resulting in a horrific civil war and genocide in the early 1990s, where Hutu extremists are believed to have killed 500,000 to 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutu.

Rwanda placed a huge emphasis on cultural and social recovery after the genocide, emphasizing governing mechanisms that prohibit classification by race or ethnic group, as well as enacting laws criminalizing genocide ideologies. Women’s empowerment has also played a significant role in its continuing development.

Rwanda’s economy is still recovering from the ravages of both the genocide, as well as the 2008 global recession. The economy is based mostly on subsistence farming, but coffee and tea are major exports, where the country’s high altitudes make for favorable growing conditions.

2021
April 2Good Friday
April 7Tutsi Genocide Memorial Day
May 1Labor Day
May 3Labor Day observed
May 13Eid al-Fitr
July 1Independence Day
July 4Liberation Day
July 5Liberation Day observed
August 6Umuganura Day
August 15Assumption of Mary
August 16Assumption of Mary observed
December 25Christmas Day
December 26Boxing Day
December 27Christmas Day observed
December 27Boxing Day observed
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  • Corporation
  • Partnership
  • Corporate Tax: 30%
  • Income Tax (Lowest Marginal Rate): 0%
  • Income Tax (Highest Marginal Rate): 30%
  • VAT/GST/Sales Tax: 18%
  • Access Bank Rwanda (Commercial Bank)
  • Bank of Kigali (Commercial Bank)
  • Banque Populaire du Rwanda SA (Commercial Bank)
  • Commercial Bank of Rwanda (Commercial Bank)
  • Compagnie Générale de Banque (Commercial Bank)
  • Diamond Trust Bank Group (Commercial Bank)
  • Ecobank Rwanda (Commercial Bank)
  • Guaranty Trust Bank (Rwanda) (Commercial Bank)
  • Housing Bank of Rwanda (Commercial Bank)
  • KCB Rwanda (Commercial Bank)
  • United Bank for Africa (Commercial Bank)
  • Urwego Opportunity Bank (Commercial Bank)

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