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Rwanda launches the first Volkswagen Electric vehicle in Africa

         

 

Kigali, 29th October 2019

This Tuesday, Prime Minister Dr Ngirente Edouard launched the e-Golf, the firstVolkswagen Electric vehicle in Rwanda and on the whole African continent.

This event that took place at the Kigali Convention Centre was also attended by the Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Africa and the CEO of Siemens South and Eastern Africa.

Addressing participants at the event, Prime Minister pointed out that the introduction of environmentally friendly transport services will accelerate the reduction of air pollution levels.

“E-mobility presents great opportunities to substitute expensive fuel imports

with electricity generated in the country.” The Premier said.

In 2018, fuel products were the largest single import product category into Rwanda, accounting for 12% of all imported goods. He added

“Volkswagen Rwanda’s investment is contributing to the creation of jobs especially among youth since operations started in June 2018. This complements Rwanda’s target to create at least 1.5 million decent and productive jobs by 2024. The private sector is central.” He said.

Prime Minister commended Volkswagen Business model in Rwanda that promotes services through VW Move and the plan to roll out in other countries on the continent. 

Dr Ngirente reminded that this effort is in line with the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1 2017-2024) where Rwanda prioritizes development of a climate resilient low carbon economy.

This includes building smart green cities, smart transport facilities and services as well as the use of ICT and digital solutions for improved service delivery. Prime Minister noted.

Prime Minister further said that Rwandans are becoming increasingly aware that protecting the environment is a top priority.