, KIGALI, Rwanda, June 14 – The Coca-Cola Company has launched the 23rd EKOCENTER in the eastern province of Ruhunda, Rwanda set to benefit more 25,000 local residents.
The socio-economic development centre will provide services such as internet access, employment, improved medical services and water purification.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame called on other investors and the civil society to come to Rwanda not with the aim of making profit but to improve the living standards of people especially those in remote areas.
His sentiments were echoed by Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola company saying that working across the ‘golden triangle’ of business, government and civil society will help increase local investment and help make communities more economically and socially sustainable.
The centres will be run by female entrepreneurs to empower them.
This goes hand in hand with the Rwanda government’s commitment towards women empowerment by ensuring gender parity in employment and development among others.