Rwanda has emerged from its war-torn past as one of the fastest growing countries in Africa. The country now boasts one of the best business climates in the region, an average growth rate of about 7 percent in the last decade, and by far the most gender balanced government in Africa. While Rwanda has many obstacles to overcome before it can reach ‘middle income country’ status, it presents a new and intriguing model for reconstituting post-conflict countries.
On October 7, the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) at Brookings hosted Rwandan Minister of Finance and Economic Planning John Rwangombwa to discuss his country’s progress, challenges and strategies for economic development. Dr. Mwangi Kimenyi, the director of the Africa Growth Initiative moderated the discussion.