April 23, 2024

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Green Transport Revolution: How Rwanda is championing the transition to e-mobility

Some of the firms exhibited their products at the E-Mobility Technology Showcase that took place at Kigali Convention Center

By Justin Kayiranga

In a visionary move that underscores Rwanda’s commitment to environmental sustainability and innovation, the East African nation has emerged as a pioneering force in the transition to e-mobility. With significant investments in infrastructure, local manufacturing, and supportive policies.

Rwanda’s Minister of Environment, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, during an interview with Qatar Tribune, shared insights into how Rwanda is championing the transition to e-mobility by highlighting some keys initiatives that are leading the way along this transition.

“The nation has exempted electric vehicles, batteries and charging station equipment from import taxes and duties, advancing the shift towards cleaner transportation. Furthermore, Rwanda’s commitment extends to preserving its lush forests, reforestation efforts, and innovative land allocation strategies.” she said.

These measures, noted Dr Mujawamariya, play a pivotal role in mitigating the country’s environmental impact and nurturing its rich biodiversity. This comprehensive approach reflects Rwanda’s unwavering dedication to creating a sustainable and resilient environmental future.

In June 2023, via Rwanda Braodcasting Agency (RBA), Rwanda Revenue Authority revealed that the government has waived more than Rwf 16 billion through the exemption of import duties for 1691 electric and hybrid automobiles imported since 2021.

Furthermore, latest to March 2024, 205 electrical buses are expected to be operating in Rwanda not only serving in public transportation but also supporting the country’s bold climate action designed to curb emissions by 38 percent by 2030.

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