Light manufacturing is an essential part of industrial development, also in Rwanda. It has the potential to create productive jobs and transform Rwanda’s economy in line with the ‘Made in Rwanda’ policy and the National Strategy for Transformation. The share of manufacturing in Rwanda’s gross domestic product has already increased since 2018, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Considering that the Rwandan government backs its sectoral development priorities with public investments, this growth momentum is expected to carry on.
However, a poor business environment prevents leveraging growth in light manufacturing for a sustainable economic transformation and thus higher-quality, gender-inclusive employment. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) lack access to financing, skilled workers, and the technical and entrepreneurial knowledge for developing business models with long-term viability.
Together, we work towards a prospering light manufacturing sector in Rwanda to help create more and better jobs
We aim to create jobs and enhance the competitiveness of MSMEs and cooperatives in the light manufacturing sector in line with the principles of inclusiveness, productivity and environmental sustainability. Our focus areas include furniture production as well as wood and metal processing. We follow an integrated approach to employment promotion, consisting of
Specific focus is on the economic empowerment of women. We foster women’s economic empowerment, providing targeted trainings to increase the number of women-led businesses, improve the working conditions of female employees, and motivate more women to become ICPC members. For example, we not only support the implementation of occupational safety and health standards, but with a specific focus on challenges women face at work. We work closely with the Private Sector Foundation (PSF) to support member companies operating in different sectors, such as tourism and hospitality, offering tailor- made services.