Kigali, 27 March 2014

President Kagame today received Julian Ozanne, the group CEO of New Forests Company which produces electric poles and high productivity charcoal. The company has been in Rwanda since the signing of an agreement with the Government of Rwanda in July 2011.

Julian Ozanne told members of the press after meeting President Kagame that the company uses the best technology available today to produce electricity poles and charcoal.

“President Kagame has been very supportive from the beginning and we discussed on how to work efficiently and get more value from the forests.”

The Minister in charge of natural resources, Stanislaus Kamanzi said the production of electric poles locally would boost the rural electrification program and will save the country a lot of foreign exchange since they will no longer be exported.

The Company has commissioned an electric poles processing plant which is ready for production and plan to set up a modern saw mill by the end of the year.