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KIGALI, RWANDA – The government of Rwanda seeks to undertake a major institutional reform that is expected see about seven parastatals merged into a single body for better delivery.
The reform seeks to put seven agencies into a single body to be called Rwanda Development Board (RDB) that would harmonise activities to ensure quick and timely service delivery for quick gains and innovation. The aim of the reform is to serve better the private sector.
The chamber of deputies in the Rwandan parliament recently passed the controversial bill paving way for RDB to be established.This comes following the cabinet meeting chaired by President Kagame that backed the idea.
The looming reform is targeting Rwanda’s Investment and Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA), Rwanda Office of Tourism and National Parks (ORTPN), Privatization Secretariat, the newly created Rwanda Commercial Registration Services Agency, Rwanda Information and Technology Authority (RITA), Center for Support to Small and Medium Enterprises (CAPMER), the Human Resource and Institutional Capacity Development Agency (HIDA) and a department of Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA).
The bill which was presented to the law makers by the state minister in charge of industry and investments in the ministry of trade and industry, Mr. Vincent Karega seeks to create an enabling environment for mobilizing local and foreign direct investments done under one roof.
According to the minister, establishment of a single window institution to handle services given to the private sector is the way to go. Facing a multitude of law makers, the minister cited at Singapore and Ireland, the two giants that are doing better in business because they have placed services offered to the private sector in one umbrella origination.
The RDB will harmonise activities for quick and sustainable development in the country. It also seeks to put together services needed by the private sector as well as adding more efforts in ICT to create opportunities for business operators and investments in the country.
The bill also anticipates that by merging seven institutions, RDB will ensure that taxpayer’s money is purposely spent because of harmonization of institutions, activities and services hence proper management system.
It is proposed that the RDB will be under senior management of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with a renewable five year contract, who will also sit at its chairmanship. The RDB will be reporting to the president’s office.
The targeted institutions have been key contributors to the country’s economy especially in mobilisation of local and foreign investments, capacity building, and ICT as well export promotion.
Rwanda strives to become a middle income country by increasing its current Gross Domestic Product per capita from $250 to $900 by 2020. However, this requires tremendous efforts to push the country to expand its economy by over 600%.
Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA), whose role is to mobilise FDIs and promote exports, has been a key player in contributing to the country’s vision.