Rwandan economy grew 6.1 percent last year

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KIGALI (Reuters) – Rwanda’s economy grew 6.1 percent last year, accelerating slightly from 5.9 percent in 2016, boosted by better performances in agriculture and other sectors, the statistics office said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) said there was a good harvest of food crops last year which helped the agricultural sector to expand by 7 percent from the previous year.

NISR said there was also a surge in production of mining and quarrying products, especially coltan and cassiterite.

The manufacturing sector too recorded healthy activity as output of cereals, textiles, clothes and leather products increased.

Reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana; Writing by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Catherine Evans

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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