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Rwanda

Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley, where the African Great Lakes region and East Africa converge.

Rwanda’s economy suffered heavily during the 1994 genocide, with widespread loss of life, failure to maintain infrastructure, looting, and neglect of important cash crops. This caused a large drop in GDP and destroyed the country’s ability to attract private and external investment. The economy has since strengthened, with per-capita GDP (PPP) estimated at $825 in 2019, compared with $127 in 1994. Major export markets include China, Germany, and the United States.The economy is managed by the central National Bank of Rwanda and the currency is the Rwandan franc; in December 2019, the exchange rate was 910 francs to one United States dollar. Rwanda joined the East African Community in 2007, and has ratified a plan for monetary union amongst the five member nations, which could eventually lead to a common East African shilling.

Rwanda’s legal system is based on German and Belgian civil law systems and customary law. Republic with a multi-party system. As a result of the recent genocide, Rwanda’s electoral system has safeguards in place that ensure an equitable division of ethnicities in the government.

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Abdoul Mtoka

Director, Head of Civil & OHADA law

Specialised in international business law in Africa, Abdoul Mtoka is a key advisor in civil law jurisdictions with an in-depth expertise in OHADA law. For a decade, he has been involved in several complex transactions and matters in Africa for major international players.

  abdoul.mtoka@africase.co

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Dieudonné S. Bagwaneza

Director

For 16 years, Dieudonné S. Bagwaneza teaches and practices law in Rwanda. A PhD candidate, he is also a respected advocate interested in private and business law.


  dieudonne.bagwaneza@africase.co

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