Being a collective and relationship-based culture, Rwandans like face-to-face and long meetings. People do not necessarily respect the start, break and ending time like Anglo and Asian cultures. It is important that you do not become obviously frustrated by this flexible attitude to time as relationship is seen of far greater importance than time-related issues.
The combination of being non-expressive and hierarchical makes Rwandan meetings non-confrontational and sometimes led and dominated by the manager. People rarely give their opinions until they are called upon.
Most of the meetings will have an agenda but do not expect it to be followed. Though people will try to cover all the issues on the agenda they do not necessarily follow the order on the written document. Sometimes unexpectedly raised issue will take half of the time of the meeting.
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