Farmers to wait longer for sector tailored insurance products

Agriculture is still considered a risky sector by the financial industry, a situation that has affected its growth.

The central Bank says that the insurance sector posted growth in its profit by 14.7 percent in the first half of the year compared to 14.6 percent in June 2014. Despite this, the sector is missing out in the agriculture sector which is regarded as most risky thus   posing a challenge to extend insurance products to the sector that contributes 30 percent to GDP. The biggest problem with the famers is that the risk is really too high,” said John Rwangombwa, Governor of the central bank while speaking to journalists last week. He adds, “It is not easy to gauge the level of risk with farming dependable on natural factors.” With changing climate and other…

Government to issue a ten year Treasury bond 

Government to issue a ten year Treasury bond

The government is set to issue a ten year Treasury bond worth Rwf10 billion, National of Bank of Rwanda has announced in a statement. The statement signed  by the  Bank’s Governor, John  Rwangombwa, the  bond  is  meant  to finance  infrastructure  projects  and   development of capital   markets. The   national Bank of Rwanda behalf of Government of Rwanda invites bids for 10 year fixed coupon treasury   bond,” the Governor said in a statement. The bond FXD 2/2015/10 years to be issued on 27 May, 2015 will be hosted on Rwanda Stock Exchange. While, Central  Bank  says  the  secondary  trading  in multiples  of Rwf100,000 will  commence on Tuesday  02/06/2015 on  Rwanda Stock exchange. The  statement  also  notes that …

I&M Bank records high profit growth

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I&M Bank has experienced a growth in loans and advances of 25 per cent to Rwf 65.6 billion of which more than 60 per cent was availed to small medium enterprises (SMEs) and retail clients. Customer deposits grew from Rwf85.8 billion to Rwf94.1 billion sighting almost a 10 percent increase as the bank registered more than 2000 new accounts. Total deposits grew from Rwf86.6 billion in 2012 to Rwf99 billion in 2013. Overall total shareholder equity also improved substantially from Rwf15.5 billion in 2012 to Rwf18.7 billion in 2013. Apparently the bank (formerly BCR) was rebranded in 2013 to I&M Bank. The bank earned Rwf4.5b profits after tax in 2013 as compared to Rwf4.2b in…

Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank acquires Fina bank

Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank acquires Fina bank

Fina bank operations in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya will now be renamed and rebranded as subsidiaries of Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank, after the latter acquiring at least 70 per cent stake in shares in the three regional countries. The move comes after customary regulatory approvals which have been obtained after GT Bank and the shareholders of Fina Bank entered into a Share Sale and Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of 70 percent stake in Fina Bank in July 2013. This means that GT Bank will have a good percentage of the $338 million Fina Bank’s assets and operations in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, but it is also expected that GT bank will not necesarilly tamper…

Rwanda targeting 80 per cent financial inclusion

Rwanda targeting 80 per cent financial inclusion

In order to achieve the country’s economic transformation and poverty reduction, Rwanda has set its goal on increasing financial inclusion to 80 percent by 2017, through deepening and broadening the financial literacy of Rwandans. This will be attained through the second Financial Sector Development Program (FSDP II), a five year program that seeks to develop a stable, sound and efficient financial sector. The program will also include a National Financial Education Strategy (NFES) that will be integrated into the school curriculum and rolled out in communities to equip Rwandans with the knowledge, skills and belief to make and exercise informed, confident and timely money management decisions “The purpose of financial education is to improve the financial…

Four arrested for credit cards forgery

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The Police have completed and forwarded to prosecution a file of four men suspected to be behind various financial related crimes, especially registered in the City of Kigali. The suspects are two Rwandans and two Cameroonians. They were arrested separately recently following investigations carried out by Rwanda National Police. They were identified as Frank Safari, Daniel Mugisha, Tata Bodwin and Francis Wabo. The four men allegedly forged credit cards of different people, which they used to buy goods in supermarkets and to withdraw money in different banks. It is suspected that Safari, who has been a cashier of Mr. Price shop, connived with the trio and gave them PIN numbers of customers’ credit cards which…

Rwanda | Rutsiro : abaturage basobanuriwe ko kwizigamira atari iby’abifite gusa

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Abaturage bo mu murenge wa Mushubati mu karere ka Rutsiro bibumbiye mu matsinda akorana n’umushinga EJO HEZA bavuga ko bamaze kubona inyungu zo kwizigamira bahereye kuri bicye, bakaba bahamagarira bagenzi babo kwitabira ibigo by’imari iciriritse n’amabanki kugira ngo na bo bizigamire bityo barusheho kwiteza imbere. Mu birori byo kwizihiza icyumweru cyahariwe kuzigama byabereye mu murenge wa Mushubati mu karere ka Rutsiro ku itariki ya 30/11/2012 biteguwe n’umushinga EJO HEZA, bamwe mu baturage bakorana n’uwo mushinga batanze ubuhamya bw’icyizere bafite cy’ejo hazaza babikesheje kwizigamira binyuze mu matsinda. Nsanzabakuze Froduard ni umwe muri bo akaba ari mu itsinda “Urumuri” . Avuga ko mbere atari azi ibijyanye no kwizigamira, ariko aho amaze kubisobanukirwa akaba ngo hari inyungu nyinshi…

Rwanda : Ecobank survives robbery attempt

Ecobank survives robbery attempt

  Police in Nyarugenge District, Muhima Police Station is detaining one Soko Salim, 21, who attempted to steal money from Ecobank, Biryogo Branch using a fake Gun. Police reports indicate that the suspect managed to sneak into the bank premises at around 12h00 wearing a hood and a toy pistol meant to scare the manager and staff of the bank. When he got inside the bank, he immediately put everybody present at gun point and forced the teller to fill his bag with bank notes. In the process, a cleaner cried from inside calling for help. Eye witnesses in the areas said that the criminal saw that people outside were alert and started entering the…

Rwanda : 72 per cent of Rwandan adults use financial products or mechanisms – FinScope survey

The Second FinScope survey 2012 on Rwanda has revealed that 72 percent of Rwandan adults (3.2 million) have, or use, financial products or mechanisms. This comes as big contrast with what was on ground five years ago. The findings were released by the Government of Rwanda in partnership with Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR). The first FinScope Rwanda survey was conducted in 2008. The survey showed that 79 percent of Rwandans, 18 years or older were not using formal financial insti­tutions. A large amount of money remained in people’s pockets, which not only limited Rwandans’ ability to build financial security, but also financial institutions’ capacity to distribute credit because of a lack of liquidity. Since…

Rwanda | Teacher’s saving scheme makes profit of Rwf700M

Rwanda | Teacher s saving

Saving Schemes in Rwanda, commonly known as Umwalimu Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) have announced a profit of almost 700,033,594 Rwandan francs in the year 2011. The bank announced its balance sheet, as part of the financial institutions requirements to publish their financial performance annually. Other banks have also declared their ranks. Jean Marie Vianney Nzabahimana, the SACCO’s chief manager said that despite its late payment loan of Frw1,143,680,370  in 2011, the institution has managed to make a remarkable achievement profit of Frw700 million. He explained that the late payment of the loan was due to the loans given to teachers, who failed to pay on time and apparently are unable to pay back the…