Rwanda is set to be the first country to benefit from textile technology from Japan that will use banana leaves to make cloth. A group of Japanese experts from Tama Art University, Tokyo visited Rwanda last week to assess the capacity of the banana crop. This means that Rwandans will start using Banana beyond traditional food and manure.
The technology developed by Tama Art University specialises in design and textile, a project that was unveiled during the Tokyo International Cooperation and Development Summit in May this year. President Paul Kagame who attended the summit was impressed by the technology and said Rwanda's large quantities of banana would make it a good investment.
Rwanda to adopt EAC standards
The Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) is to harmonise its quality standards with other East African Community (EAC) partner states by mid 2009.
The national body which oversees the development of standards, quality assurance and meteorology has started gathering public views on the harmonisation of regional standards with the existing national standards. The Director General of RBS, Anastase Kimonyo said public views will form a basis for evaluating standards in other member states.
Report puts genocide dead at two million
A report by the Student Genocide Survivors Organisation in Rwanda has claimed that 2 million people perished in the horrific 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
The report was from a research done in 390 genocide memorial sites and other cemeteries across the country. Generally victims of the genocide have been estimated to be close to one million, most of them minority Tutsi and moderate Hutu.
However, it does not include people whose bodies were thrown in rivers and lakes during the 100 days of terror. According to the report, remains of 1,002,755 victims are in 390 Genocide Memorial Sites while 851,756 are buried in different cemeteries across the country.
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