Announcing the economic performance for the second quarter, Yusuf Murangwa, the NISR Director-General noted that in the second quarter, GDP at market prices was estimated at Rwf 2,255 billion up Rwf 2,001 billion in the second quarter of 2018.
According to the statement released by NISR, the agriculture sector grew by 5% where food crops registered 4% growth. Export crops increased by 6% mainly due to a 21% increase in coffee production. Tea output decreased by 3%.
The industry sector grew by 21%, the construction sector registered 32% growth mainly from quarrying activities that grew by 36% while manufacturing registered 16% growth.
The service sector grew by 12% as a result of 23% increase in wholesale and retail trade activities, 17% increase in transport services, 13% rise in financial services as well as 13% in the hospitality services. Public administration services grew by 12% while professional, scientific and technical activities increased by 13%.
Reacting to whether growth projections are likely to be revised given strong growth in the first two quarters of 2019, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana said that while growth was impressive, there are no intentions of revising the 7.8 % growth forecast.
“GDP growth of 12.2% is impressive and above second-quarter projections but we have no plans to revise our projections as there are two more quarters to monitor,” Minister Ndagijimana said.