Rwanda eyes over $100m investments from Morocco
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Rwanda eyes over $100m investments from Morocco

Posted IVAN R. MUGISHA in Kigali

on  Monday, April 3  2017 at  18:18

Rwanda is expecting more than $100 million in investments from Morocco.

Acting head of investment promotion at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB)Winifred Ngangure Kabega said at a press conference Monday that the money would be invested in different sectors, including tourism, energy and infrastructure.

Kigali hosted more than 100 Moroccan investors and government officials Monday in what was dubbed the “African Business Connect," where the delegation from North Africa presented Rwanda with the multimillion dollar investment opportunities.

“We are looking at approximately $100 million worth of investments from Morocco," said Ms Kabega.

Avoidance of double

"Back in October, we signed a partnership agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal aversion with respect to taxes on incomes.”

She added: “We also signed an agreement on reciprocal investment promotion, tourism promotion and development of special economic zones.”

The two countries are seeking to boost trade flows and cement economic and political ties.

The project

A 5,000 units low-cost housing project worth $68 million, for example, was meant to begin in Kigali this year.

However, the groundwork for the project by Moroccan firm Palmerie Development Group, has been postponed to January next year, as the firm was winding up negotiations with the government.

Morocco's ambassador to Rwanda Youssef Imani noted that Kigali's economic transformation had been profound.

Majority shares

"That is a major reason Morocco is seeking friendship and economic mutual benefits with Rwanda through private sector investments,” he said.

The $100 million investment opportunity comes a few months after King Mohammed VI of Morocco met President Paul Kagame, after which the two countries signed 21 bilateral pacts, particularly in investment promotion.

The visit also culminated in the planned acquisition of the majority shares in a local bank - Cogebanque - by Attijariwafa Bank, which is part of King Mohammed VI‘s holding company the National Investment Company -Société Nationale d’Investissement.

Trade flows between Rwanda and Morocco have been on the lower end of the scale, standing at just one per cent of total volumes last year, according to RDB.