What is the reason for the drop in petrol and diesel prices in Rwanda?
The ministry of trade and industry has announced that fuel prices have dropped by 15 percent to Rwf 920 effective September 1, 2015.
This comes after the prices increased to Rwf 935 in July 2015 from Rwf 840 in May 2015 after increasing from Rwf 810 at the beginning of the year.
The ministry says in a statement the reduction in pump prices comes as a result of a drop in crude oil on international market.
“This reduction is mainly due to a fall in prices of oil on international market that started in late August,â€ said Francois Kanimba, Minister of Trade and Industry in statement released on Monday.
The reduction according to experts is likely to impact positively on the currency market that faced volatility since the beginning of the year. Fuel is among major imports the country spends dollars to import.
Moreover, the reduction is also to likely cushion the economy from rising food prices that shoot up in the first half of the year due to a rise in fuel prices.