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Rwanda announces fresh construction sector reforms

Infra News - Published on Fri, 19 Apr 2019

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New Times reported that Rwanda Development Board, the City of Kigali and the Rwanda Housing Authority have announced new reforms, expected to ease the process of securing construction permits and spur investments. The reforms, which were announced, are expected to reduce the cost and time it takes to process construction permits. The latest World Bank’s Doing Business report ranked Rwanda as the second easiest place to do business in Africa and the 29th globally.

However, on dealing with construction permits, the report ranks Rwanda 106th globally.

Marie-Chantal Rwakazina, the City of Kigali Mayor, said that “For building projects that are not large-scale or complex, you will no longer need to submit a geotechnical study, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report or topographic survey.”

As a result, the number of procedures involved in getting a construction permit will reduce from 15 to nine while the number of days to obtain construction permits will reduce from 113 to 57.

Government projects that this will ultimately reduce the cost of construction from 12 per cent to 2.2 per cent of the construction value. The reforms include an amendment by the Ministry of Infrastructure that will see elimination of the requirement of geotechnical studies for buildings that do not exceed 1,500 square metres.

Officials said that this means developers will now no longer pay Rwf2 million and wait 14 days to obtain the document.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 19 Apr 2019
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