13 February 2014

Rwanda: Country's Biggest Bus Park Opened in Musanze

A new Frw 1.5 billion commuter taxi and bus park opened in the Western Province capital of Musanze by Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperative (RFTC). The facility, the biggest single taxi and bus park in the country, covers approximately 16,000 square meters.

Construction of the multi-billion franc structure was funded by the Development bank of Rwanda (BRD) and is expected to be paid over a period of 10 years.

Construction works were carried out by Sprong Construction Company limited, a Chinese firm.

Speaking at the official opening of the park, the head of direct investments at BRD, Benjamin Manzi noted that the bank is always willing to partner with local investors on national development strategies. "We are always willing to invest in ideologies of the locals as it is our roll to unite Rwandans," he said.

The construction lasted a period of one year and had more than 150 local community members employed in its undertaking. It is expected to employ a further 200 locals with the opening of its new shopping mall.

The ultra modern facility also includes its own garage aimed at providing low cost car maintenance services to commuters using the facility.

The park is expected to boost local tourism in an area known for its scenery in the Virunga volcanic range, mountain gorillas, and the newly opened Musanze tourism caves as it will provide alternative transportation to potential tourists that cannot afford the luxury of hiring private safari cars.

Musanze town is Rwanda's second biggest commercial hub after Kigali. This project supports the town's efforts to be elevated to city status.

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