It opened this Wednesday, June 27, 2018, its first vehicle assembly plant in the country. According to reliable sources, Volkswagen intends to expand its presence in East Africa since it is already in Kenya. Apart from its primary objective of selling its vehicles to individuals, the German manufacturer also hopes to put its cylinders in a car-sharing system a bit like Uber.
In Rwanda, Volkswagen plans to produce 5,000 vehicles a year. The first models that will come out of its factories are Passat and Polo. For the deputy governor of the central bank of Rwanda, the arrival of the German automaker in the country is hailed. “It’s a vote of confidence for Rwanda. It’s good for job creation in Rwanda and it makes Rwanda a good place for services and in this case the industry, “Monique Nsanzabaganwa told Reuters.
Note that Rwanda is not a large consumer of vehicles. According to the tax collection agency, there are just over 200,000 private vehicles registered in the country while the population is estimated at 12 million.