Rwandans value physical appearance and people will be treated depending on how they are dressed. During working days Rwandans tend to wear smart-casual clothes with the men often wearing trousers and shirts. Women will often wear skirts, dresses and few of them trousers. It
is important to mention that government officials are not allowed to wear jeans at work unless they are on a field trip.
During the weekend most Rwandan men are in suits and ties and women wear fabrics (kitenge), suits and umushanana (the traditional ceremonial dress of women). It is advisable to dress formally when you are going for a meeting with people you do not know.
This country-specific business culture profile was written by Keith Warburton who is the founder of the cultural awareness training consultancy Global Business Culture.
Global Business culture is a leading training provider in the fields of cross-cultural communication and global virtual team working. We provide training to global corporations in live classroom-based formats, through webinars and also through our cultural awareness digital learning hub, Global Business Compass.
This World Business Culture profile is designed as an introduction to business culture in Rwanda only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.
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