KIGALI (Reuters) – Rwanda’s economic growth is likely to slow to 6.3 percent this year from an estimated 7 percent last year, mainly due to smaller expansions in the agriculture, construction and services sectors, the central bank chief said on Thursday.
Governor John Rwangombwa told a news conference the slower rate of expansion was partly due to the effects of El Gino rains.
“Agriculture has a big hand in that slight reduction from 7 percent to 6.3 percent,” he said, putting growth in the sector, one of the main drivers of the economy, at 5.1 percent this year compared with a projected 5.5 percent last year.
Rwangombwa said the service sector was expected to expand 7.1 percent this year after growing 7.3 percent in the first three quarters of last year.
He added the construction sector was also seen slowing compared with last year.
He said inflation was expected to remain within the 4.5 and 5.5 percent range during the year.
Rwanda’s urban inflation rate, a key indicator for the central bank, was unchanged at 4.5 percent in January compared with the previous month.
(Reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Hugh Lawson)