Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame resolved to open bars which had left thousands jobless.
The development follows reopening of concerts and other showbiz activities last month. Reports indicate preparations are ongoing to prepare public for full reopening of Rwanda economy
Restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus 18 months ago are piling pressure on the economy. Thousands face unemployment and there’s risk of more Rwandans falling into poverty.
Over 80% of those recently out of work are in rural areas, according to data published by the World Bank this week. The pandemic has affected all sectors in the nation – including services, small to medium enterprises and the leisure and tourism industry.
There has been a significant drop in activity as Africa’s technology hub has been in lockdown – leading to a notable decline in growth.
The country of 12 million people has seen strict coronavirus-prevention measures in place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Rwandan population has felt the effects of these measures – with 5% more unemployed since the start of the health crisis i.e. 550,000 people in 2021.