Rwanda population to double by 2020

Posted: 12 October 2001

Rwanda's population - set to double to 16 million by 2020 at its current growth rate of 3.2 per cent per annum - will present a major challenge to the government, Finance and Economic Planning Minister Donald Kaberuka has said.

The government, he said, needed to raise the gross domestic product from the current US $290 to $900 by 2020 if it is to cope with the increase in people.

"This is an ambitious agenda requiring a growth of 7 per cent to 8 per cent per annum, implying fairly high rates of savings in the coming years," he told a conference reviewing the country's poverty reduction strategies, the Rwanda News Agency reported.

Rwanda's population density was 250.7 per sq km in 1998, making it one of the most crowded nations in the world. Kaberuka told delegates that to meet development goals there must be good government, poverty reduction, prudent management of the economy, people trained for a service-based economy and implementation of a vigorous rural development policy. The nation's effort to attain an 8 per cent annual growth of the economy would fail, he said, unless agriculture was transformed from the predominantly subsistence scale to that of commercial production.

Source: IPPF, Rwanda News Agency, 10 October 2001