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Rwanda is a poor rural country with about 85% of the population engaged in (mainly subsistence) agriculture and some mineral and agro-processing. In 2008, minerals overtook coffee and tea as Rwanda's primary foreign exchange earner. The 1994 genocide decimated Rwanda's fragile economic base, severely impoverished the population, particularly women, and temporarily stalled the country's ability to attract private and external investment. However, Rwanda has made substantial progress in stabilizing and rehabilitating its economy to pre-1994 levels. GDP has rebounded and inflation has been curbed. Nonetheless, a maj...  More..

Economy of Rwanda
SOURCE: CIA - The World Factbook
Currency Rwandan Franc
Fiscal Year 01 January - 31 December
GDP (PPP) $10.13 billion (2009 est.)
GDP (per capita) $900 (2009 est.)
Exports $213 million (2009 est.)
Imports $786 million (2009 est.)
Main Industries Cement, Agricultural Products, Small-scale Beverages, Soap, Furniture, Shoes, Plastic Goods, Textiles, Cigarettes
Exports - Commodities Coffee, Tea, Hides, Tin Ore
Imports - Commodities Foodstuffs, Machinery and Equipment, Steel, Petroleum Products, Cement and Construction Material
Exports Partners China 9.1%, Thailand 8.6%, Germany 7.3%, US 4.5%, Belgium 4.1% (2008)
Imports Partners Kenya 15%, Uganda 13.1%, China 6.2%, Belgium 5.2%, Germany 4.5% (2008)

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