Enhancement of Water Transport and Trade Connectivity on Lake Kivu


An economic and technical feasibility study involving the development of Lake Kivu for local and international transport was undertaken in 2010. The study concluded that the Lake Kivu project is economically viable and should be developed. A further feasibility study was carried out in 2016 by TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) to enhance the water transport and trade connectivity on Lake Kivu between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The overall objective of the study is to develop passenger and cargo transport on Lake Kivu, capable of high-speed access between the main centres of Rubavu, Karongi and Rusizi, and subsidiary ports, to provide increased water-based transport connectivity for Rwanda initially, and subsequently to develop new access of cross-border trade directly across Lake Kivu to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Client :TradeMark East Africa (TMEA)
  • Project Costs :Estimate- 20 mil. USD
  • Period :2016 – ongoing

  • Technical, Economic and Financial Feasibility Study
  • Assessment of Ferry/Cargo Vessels Operations
  • Assessment of Environmental and Social Impact, Regulatory and Institutional Requirements
  • Concept Design & Cost Estimates for Port Infrastructure Preparation of Technical Specifications