Project Management Update from Rwanda


By Isaac Nyarwaya

International Correspondent

Kigali, Rwanda


In this August issue of PM World Journal, I would like to share with our readers two main updates. First, Rwanda is on a fast path to development and has made great strides on the journey. What excites me are the projects in the pipeline and I thought they are worth sharing. I hope friends out there appreciate the good things that are happening in Rwanda and make a decision to be part of this story in one way or another. Secondly, I would like to share the future plans in relation to project management and make a call to Rwandese in the diaspora and friends of Rwanda to support us in this noble cause.

Let me start with the major projects: 

Sample key projects

Energy Projects: In the month of July 2013, the Government of Rwanda (GOR) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with a publicly owned Indian based company, Punj Lloyd Ltd to construct, finance, maintain and operate a peat to power plant in Rwanda. This project is worth USD 371 million and plans to generate 100 megawatts. The project is part of Government of Rwanda objective of attaining 563 megawatts by 2017 as stipulated in the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) II.

In a related development, the GOR has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with GigaWatt Global Rwanda Ltd to design, finance, maintain and operate a first-level solar electric generating plant, the first of its kind in East Africa. The project is worth USD 23 million and will generate 8.5 Megawatts of solar energy. A feasibility study has already been completed and the plant is planned to be operational in June 2014.

Railway Project: Another big project that is going to impact hugely on the economies of East African countries is a rail way project connecting Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The railway is expected to boost trade in the region as transportation costs for goods are expected to reduce. According to experts, once in place, the railway will have capacity to ferry cargo at speed of up to 80 kilometers per hour. Apparently, it took about 35 days to transport cargo from Mombasa port to Kigali and this project provides solution to infrastructure bottlenecks that still hamper the EAC integration process. The total cost of the project is estimated at USD 5.2 billion and is planned to be completed by 2018.


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About the Author

isaac-nyarwaya-bioflag-RwandaIsaac Nyarwaya

Kigali, Rwanda

Isaac Nyarwaya has worked for the past 12 years in leading international NGOs, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and telecom projects. He currently coordinates a World Bank-funded Strategic Capacity Building Initiative in Rwanda Development Board. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Management with Distinction from the National University of Rwanda and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Project Management from the Maastricht School of Management. He also has a PRINCE2 (Foundation) Certification and is in process of obtaining PRINCE2 (Practitioner) and PMP certifications. He has been a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) since 1997. Mr. Nyarwaya is in the process of establishing the Centre for Project Management Excellence (CPME Ltd) in Kigali to conduct project management related consultancy, training, research and publication. He has previously been a visiting lecturer at the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali (INILAK). Isaac is committed to promoting professional project management in Rwanda and he dreams of having many certified project managers and a professional project management body in the country one day. As an International Correspondent for PM World, Isaac will be reporting news and information about projects and project management in Rwanda. Isaac Nyarwaya can be contacted at [email protected] or Tel. +250 788312916