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Tutsi Tribe

Political Aspects
Economic Aspects
Social Aspects

Economic Aspects

The Gain and Decay of Tutsi Economy

Q: What was the economical structure like initially and how was it shaped by its environment?

A: Rwanda is a rural country with about 90% of the population engaged in agriculture. It is the most densely populated country in Africa; is landlocked; and has few natural resources and minimal industry.

Q: How did the interaction between the German and Belgian culture change the economical structure?

A: Because of Rwanda's high population density this pushed the number of people onto ecologically sensitive areas, such as Rwanda's remaining natural forests. The degradation of Rwanda's forests results from demand for its products, fuelwood, building posts, casserite, gold, browse for livestock, wildlife and other products valued by local populations and the international community. Demand went up and the (few) natural resource populations went down.

Rwandan Economics today:

Imports - commodities: foodstuffs, machinery and equipment, steel, petroleum products, cement and construction material.

Imports - partners: Kenya, Tanzania, US, Benelux, France

Exports - partners: Brazil, Germany, Belgium, Pakistan, Spain, Kenya

Exports: $98 million (f.o.b., 2005 est.)

Imports: $243 million (f.o.b., 2005 est.)

The Rwandan economic structure is continuing to grow everyday as does their recovery from the drastic Genocides in April of 1994. Their main export trading partners are about in the same situation economically as they are, which helps their exporting remain consistent. Their importers are fairly more economically aided and successful, they still manage to import more than they export, which is helping their refugees recover.