Tuesday December 3, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Tuesday December 3, 2019

Sudan Tribune - Juba

South African deputy president in Juba on peace mission

State Information Service – Egypt

Sisi witnesses inauguration of national projects in Damietta

Sudan Tribune – Khartoum

We are in Khartoum to support Sudan’s transitional government: Arman

Ethiopian News Agency

AU Calls for Enhanced Intervention, Adequate Investment in Space Industry

Republic of Mauritius

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre donates USD 10 million to Mauritius for upgrading of capital projects

Macauhub - Cape Verde

World Bank supports the Cape Verdean government to privatise electricity and water company

Macauhub - Cape Verde

Cabo Verde/China cooperation extends Safe City project to São Vicente, Sal and Boa Vista islands

The New Times - Rwanda

Rwanda rotates police peacekeepers in South Sudan

The New Times - Rwanda

Rwanda to digitise public service recruitment

Egypt Today

Renaissance Dam meetings succeeds in solving technical problems

African Development Bank Group

Africa Climate Change Fund grants nearly $1 million to support access to climate finance in Benin and Lesotho

Morocco World News - Rabat

Morocco Has 3rd Best 4G Coverage in Africa

Morocco World News - Rabat

Pompeo to Arrive in Morocco Wednesday, to Meet King Mohammed VI

The New Times - Rwanda

National Business Forum should mark the beginning of sustained dialogue

The Private Sector Federation Tuesday, December 3, hosts the inaugural National Business Forum, with a focus on the Made-in-Rwanda Initiative.

The forum, to be held under the theme, ‘Building Strong Partnerships for Sustainable Made-in-Rwanda’, comes after it emerged that MIR policy was starting to have impact – despite being just about three years old – after all.

A recent assessment suggested that the policy was partly responsible for a 36 per cent drop in the country’s trade deficit between 2015 and 2017, with imports decreasing by 4 per cent, from $1.849 billion in 2015 to $1.772 billion in 2017.

It’s probably too early to measure the full impact of Made-in-Rwanda policy but there is a growing sense that the local industry was starting to find its footing thanks in large part to a raft of progressive measures the Government has taken in recent years to grow the manufacturing sector.

Measures like tax incentives and preferential treatment for local firms in public procurement will no doubt go a long way in transforming the local industry.

Yet there are still a myriad of challenges that continue to undermine the Made-in-Rwanda Initiative.

As such, today’s business forum is an important platform for stakeholders, including government, industry captains, lenders, exporters, and other players across the value chain, to take stock of the progress hitherto made, and genuinely discuss remaining barriers and devise best ways to overcome them – together.  

From prevailing skills gaps, questionable quality and financial constraints, to negative mindset toward local products and competitiveness of locally produced goods and services on regional and international markets, participants will be expected to scrutinise each of these challenges and draw up recommendations on the way forward.

Dialogue is key in every endeavour. And it is our hope that the National Business Forum will become a regular platform for consistent, honest and holistic discussions on issues that affect the local industry with view to taking it to the next level.