Rwanda’s ICT advances in Public, private sectors

Rwanda’s ICT advances in Public, private sectors

Rwanda Information and Communication Technology Association (RICTA) is set to equip personnel from   both public and private sectors; that will ensure the country becomes the region’s ICT hub.

The training  that  will focus on the fields  of  routing/networking and Linux  system  administration, comes as a  vital  asset as the  government  and  most private  entities  are  providing their  services  online.

“As Rwanda develops her regional infrastructure, it has becomes more important to be able to build and sustain the country’s capacities for Rwanda to achieve her goal to be an ICT hub,” said

Accordingly, Industry experts will be participating in conference sessions from thought-provoking and visionary keynote presentations to interactive panel sessions, all addressing the most pressing topics.

She says, “The training  focuses  on popular and emerging ICT Industries while also  looking at   addressing  both the  current and  future  needs of  operators  in the ICT  sector adding  that, “We thought it based to equip more technicians in all sectors with informative and practical training.”

The training dubbed Rwanda Network Operators Group (RwandaNOG) mainly   features discussions and trainings on a wide range of issues of the Internet which among other things include the current and newest trends in ICT.

Moreover, the  Minister of youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana  earlier this year said  the building  of  the infrastructures  had yielded  success and  noted that  to achieve the  ambitious  target of the technology lead economy, there is need to  increase   digital literacy.

As a result, the government has moved in to sign several partnerships with international corporations such as Oracle, Microsoft to help boost digital literacy. The country’s digital literacy still staggers at 3 percent.

Nyamagabe: Abacuruza ibyo bikorera ntibacibwa intege n’abatitabira kugura ibikorerwa mu Rwanda

Nyamagabe: Abacuruza ibyo bikorera ntibacibwa intege n’abatitabira kugura ibikorerwa mu Rwanda 

Abacuruza ibyo bikorera ntibacibwa intege n’abatitabira kugura ibikorerwa mu Rwanda, kuko ibyo bagerageza gukora bigenda bigurwa buhoro buhoro kandi amafaranga make babonye akabagirira umumaro.

Abantu benshi usanga bumva ko ibiturutse mu bihugu byo hanze, ari byo bifite agaciro n’uburambe kurusha ibyakorewe mu Rwanda, bigatuma abakora ibikorwa by’ubukorikori batabona abaguzi bahagije.

twaganiriye na bamwe bakora ibikomoka ku mpu bo mu karere ka Nyamagabe, batangazako nubwo bamaze gutera imbere ariko inzira ikiri ndende kuko abanyarwanda badakunze kugura ibikoresho biba byakorewe mu Rwanda.

Uwitwa Emmanuel Simugomwa ukora ibituruka ku mpu, nk’imikandara, inkweto, amakofi n’ibindi aravugako abanyarwanda benshi baha agaciro ibyakorewe hanze kandi ibyinshi muri byo ugasanga nta n’uburambe bifite.

Yagize ati: “urabona ubundi abanyarwanda bamenyereye cya kintu cyo kumva ngo ibintu byakorewe i burayi bakumva ko aricyo bagomba guha agaciro cyane kurusha cya kintu gikorerwa mu Rwanda, bakumva basuzuguye cya kintu gikorerwa iwabo.”

Arakomeza avuga ko hari benshi batangiye kujya bitabira kubigura cyane ko hari ibicuruzwa usanga byarinjiye mu gihugu ariko nta buziranenge bifite bikabaha ikizere cyo kudacika intege.

Aragira ati: “iyo inkweto yacu uyiguze tuguha garanti y’umwaka, izo wagura hanze nta na garanti y’ukwezi baguha kuko wayambara n’icyumweru ikaba iracitse, ikizere dufite ni uko tuba tubona uko bucyeye n’uko bwije, turagenda tubona birushaho, turushaho kugenda tuzamuka.”

Uko ubushobozi buzagenda bwiyongera, abakora ibituruka ku mpu bakabona n’ibikoresho bya kijyambere, bizera ko ibicuruzwa byabo bizarushaho kugira agaciro ndetse n’ubwiza.

 

 

Nyaruguru: Abacuruzi barasaba ko imisoro yatangwa hakurikijwe aho bakorera

Bamwe mu bacuruzi bakorera mu karere ka Nyaruguru barasaba ubuyobozi bw’akarere ko mu kugena imisoro yakwa abacuruzi hajya humvwa ibitekerezo byabo, kandi imisoro igatangwa hagendewe ku gace abacuruza bakoreramo.

Nyaruguru: Abacuruzi barasaba ko imisoro yatangwa hakurikijwe aho bakorera

Abacuruzi batanga urugero rw’umusoro w’ipatante , aho bavuga ko ubusanzwe wishyurwa amafaranga 30.000 y’u Rwanda mu gihugu hose, nyamara kandi ngo uburyo bw’imikorere hirya no hino butandukanye, bitewe n’uko hamwe haba ari icyaro ahandi hakaba mu mujyi.

Nyaruguru: Abacuruzi barasaba ko imisoro yatangwa hakurikijwe aho bakorera

Twiringiyimana Jean de Dieu ukorera ubucuruzi bw’amakara n’imbaho mu murenge wa Mata avuga ko akarere bakoreramo ari icyaro, kuburyo ngo kubaka umusoro w’ipatante ungana n’uw’abacururiza mu mijyi ngo ari ukubabangamira, kuko inyungu zihaboneka zitangana, ndetse ngo n’uburyo bw’imikorere bukaba atari bumwe.

Ati:” Ipatante ryo mu cyaro n’iryo mu mujyi bigomba gutandukana, kuko imikorere yacu si imwe, inyungu tubona si zimwe ni nayo mpamvu dusaba ko byahinduka kuko twe abakorera mu cyaro biratubangamira”.

Hategekimana Patricie nawe ukorera ubucuruzi mu murenge wa Ruheru, avuga ko mu gihe ubuyobozi bugena uko abacuruzi batanga imisoro, ngo bwagakwiye kujya bubanza bukagirana inama n’abo bacuruzi, kugirango imisoro y’ipatante igenwe hakurikijwe aho umucuruzi acururiza, kuko ngo n’udusantere ducururizwamo mu karere tutanganya amahirwe yo gucuruza.

Ati:” Twifuza ko bajya babanza bakatugisha inama, kuko nk’ubu umuntu ucururiza iwacu ku Ruheru ntashobora gukora kimwe n’ucururiza mu mujyi wa Kibeho”.

Umuyobozi w’akarere ka Nyaruguru wungirije ushinzwe ubukungu n’iterambere ry’ubukungu Niyitegeka Fabien avuga ko ibitekerezo by’aba bacuruzi byumvikanye, kandi ko kuva ubu hazajya hajyenwa imisoro mu karere hakurikijwe aho ubucuruzi bukorerwa.

Ati:” Nibyo koko ibyifuzo byabo turabyumva, kandi kuva ubu igihe cyose tugiye kongera isantere mu zitanga imisoro, tuzajya tubanza tuvugane n’abacuruzi, kuburyo twumva bizaba byiza kurusha uko twajyaga tubikora”.

Mu karere ka Nyaruguru ubu habarurwa abasora 2646, muri aba abasora bato ni 2640, ni ukuvuga abatanga ipatante y’amafaranga 30.000 buri mwaka, naho abasora banini bo bakaba 6 gusa, ni ukuvuga abatanga ipatante iva ku mafaranga 60.000 kuzamura

Nyamasheke: uwari umukene yahindutse umukire kubera hanga umurimo

Nyamasheke: uwari umukene yahindutse umukire kubera hanga umurimo

Umuturage utuye mu karere ka Nyamasheke mu mudugudu wa Ninzi mu kagari ka Ninzi mu murenge wa Kagano, Bag

irishya Jean Marie Vianney avuga ko amaze kugera ku rwego rukomeye mu mibereho ye , mu gihe aho ageze yahatekerezaga nk’inzozi.

Nyamasheke: uwari umukene yahindutse umukire kubera hanga umurimo

Bagirishya Jean Marie Vianney  avuga ko  habayeho amarushanwa ya Hanga umurimo bagakora umushinga we n’umugore we wo kubaka inzu icumbikira abantu (Ninzi Guest House), ngo batunguwe no kubona banki ibaha amafaranga asaga miriyoni 65  bakishingirwa n’ukigega cyitwa BDF ku kigero cya 75% andi bakayishakaho bakubaka ibikorwa   bikomeye nk’ibyo bamaze kugeraho.

Bagirishya asaba abantu bose kutitinya bagakoresha ubwenge bwabo, bagategura imishinga inoze kandi babona amafaranga bakayakoresha icyo yasabiwe, ibi ngo bituma ibyo wibwiraga ko ari inzozi bihinduka impamo.

Agira ati “sinari nzi ko nabona amafaranga menshi kuriya nkayakoresha nkaba ngeze kuri uru rwego, mbona ko nitumara kwishyura banki kuko dusigaje imyaka ibiri kandi dusigayemo miriyoni 25 tuzakora ibikorwa bikomeye bigaragarira buri wese”.

Valens Tugirimana niwe uhagarariye BDF mu karere ka Nyamasheke, avuga ko uru ari urugero rwerekana abantu bazamuwe na Hanga umurimo bakaba bageze ku ntera ishimishije, agasaba abantu gutinyuka bagasaba inguzanyo bakayikoresha neza, ndetse abafite ikibazo cy’ubujyanama bakabagana kuko banabishingira ku ngwate.

Agira ati “abaturage bose bakwiye kuba bagana hanga umurimo, bakagana BDF ikabereka uko bashobora kubona amafaranga, hari inkunga zitandukanye babona kandi tubishingira kuri 75% ndetse tukabaha ubujyanama mu gutegura no kunonosora imishinga ya bo”.

Tugirimana  avuga ko nibura 75% by’abaturage babashije kugana servise batanga bagakoresha amafaranga icyo bayasabiye  bamaze kwiteza imbere kandi bakaba baravuye mu cyiciro cy’ubukene bageze ahantu hashimishije.

IMF warns on fragile economy

The International monetary fund has warned the government of Rwanda regarding overhead costs that might linger risks externally.

A statement from a recent IMF mission to Rwanda led by Paul Drummond noted that, “Rwanda’s near-term economic outlook is stable, but risks linger externally.

Growth is projected at 6.5 percent and is expected to remain broad-based. Inflation is projected to remain subdued. Risks arise mainly from the lower than expected increase in exports and adverse weather.”

The National Bank of Rwanda

The National Bank of Rwanda

The statement noted that the country has made progress in outlining the economic policy framework that would underpin growth in the near term.

In particular, the 2015/16 budget, to be presented to parliament in June, aims to sustain efforts to mobilize revenue while protecting priority spending and limiting domestic financing. On monetary policy, the National Bank of Rwanda plans to continue to pursue a prudent monetary stance.

The mission met with Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Amb. Claver Gatete, Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda John Rwangombwa, as well as with other senior government officials, development partners, and representatives of the business community and civil society.

It was advised that Rwanda needs to reduce the cost of doing business in the country if it is to maintain its most competitive status.

“The cost or structure of businesses which depends a lot on the cost of electricity and transport still seem to be high in Rwanda as compared to other countries in the region,” Drummond said.

Regional retailers struggling but still afloat 

Nakumaat Supermarket

Nakumaat Supermarket chain high hopes of quickly establishing itself in Rwanda has proved otherwise after a few years, since its institution in the country in 2011

 Adan Ramata the country manager of Nakumaat Rwanda states that, “Only a thousand shoppers visit each day, which is two-thirds short of the target.

“We still have a small challenge in the middle class,” says Mr. Ramata. Nakumatt is not the only retailer stymied by the lack of a mass consumer market.

Sulfo Rwanda Industries, the country’s oldest and biggest domestic manufacturer with 700 workers, say its efforts to introduce skincare ranges for more sophisticated consumers in the past year have flopped.

“We are limited by people who want cheap products, they face inflation and have little money,” says Hariharan Dharmarajan, managing director.

The IMF forecasts 6.5 per cent growth this year. Expected inflation of 3.5 per cent for 2015 is low and Rwanda aims to be a middle-income country by 2020. For now, rising domestic consumption is driven by government spending funded by donors on infrastructure.

With a total market of only 12m people, Rwanda is pushing the agenda for integration across the East African Community, the regional trade block.

“For us as Rwanda, we see regional integration as very, very crucial,” noted the minister of finance and economic planning recently.

“That’s why we are talking about a railway from Mombasa all the way through Uganda to here.” Rwanda is due to pay $1.2bn of the railway’s $13.8bn cost.

“We have been working on how to bring in the private sector,” says Mr. Gatete. The government wants it to fund at least a third of the Rwanda portion.

Importers and retailers in Rwanda testify that goods now arrive from port to shelf within four days, compared with more than two weeks previously. “Delays have come down now there are no formalities at the border. It has really helped us,” says Mr. Dharmarajan. “Now we feel we are linked, not landlocked. It’s a good relief.”

Despite the improvements, Rwanda still suffers a cruel squeeze on its purchasing power.

“We are talking about logistics, we are talking about insurance, we are talking about considering the damages, we are talking about the shelf life,” says Nakumatt’s Mr. Ramata.

The central bank governor John Rwangobwa notes that the country is on the right track as the economy emerges from the low growth of 2013.

“The economy is doing well since 2014 and we are going back to where we were before 2012,” he says. He points not only to improving growth but also indicators such as a reduction in non-performing loans (from a 7.2 per cent recent high in 2013 to a 2015 target of 5 per cent).

Despite its setbacks, Nakumatt, which has 300 employees at its two stores, plans to open two new outlets in the capital, including in August a 24-hour shop near the airport with a gymnasium on top of it. It aims to open its first stores outside Kigali in two years’ time.

Mr. Rwangombwa says the government is lobbying banks to bring down high lending rates, although bank loans to the private sector did rise 38 per cent last year. The key challenge, he adds, remains how to boost exports to deliver greater dollar flows

Kivuruga: Urubyiruko ntirworoherwa n’ubuzima bikavamo ubuzererezi

Urubyiruko  rwo mu murenge wa Kivuruga mu karere ka Gakenke, Twaganiriye ruvuga ko ruhangayikishijwe n’uburyo ubuzima bubakomereye akenshi ari nabyo bikunze kuviramo bamwe kuba inzererezi.

Kivuruga: Urubyiruko ntirworoherwa n’ubuzima bikavamo ubuzererezi

Ubuzima ntibukomereye abadafite icyo bakora bonyine kuko n’abafite icyo bakora yaba guhinga cyangwa se n’utundi tuzi turimo gutwara abagenzi ku magare cyangwa na za moto kuko abagakora bavuga ko bitagenda bigatuma badatera imbere neza nkuko bikwiye.

Kivuruga: Urubyiruko ntirworoherwa n’ubuzima bikavamo ubuzererezi

Patricia Nyirandikubwimana wo mu kagari ka Gasiza mu murenge wa Kivuruga, asobanura ko urubyiruko rw’iwabo rubayeho nabi bitewe n’uko badakunze kubona imirimo yo gukora kandi mugihe ibonetse bakaba badashora kubonamo amafaranga yabafasha.

ati “mu murenge wa Kivuruga urubyiruko rubayeho nabi kubera kutabona imirimo yo gukora kandi n’aho ruyibonye ugasanga udufaranga turi kubonekamo ari ducya ntirube rwarangiza ibibazo rufite, bikaba byatuma mbese habamo kuba baba za mayibobo bakirirwa kumuhanda”

Abdul Karim Ntuyenabo akora akazi ko gutwara abagenzi kuri moto mu Kivuruga, avuga ko ubuzima buryoheye bamwe na bamwe kuko bose badakora akazi kamwe

Ati “urebye ubuzima buryoheye bamwe na bamwe kuko abantu twese ntabwo dukora imirimo imwe nk’abantu b’abahinzi nk’imbogamizi bagenda bahura nazo, urabona dutuye munsi y’imisozi miremire, iyo imvura iguye itwara imyaka ikayijyana mu gishanga, natwe abamotari kubera ko dutwara abagenzi mu muhanda ugasanga imihanda yangiritse ugasanga iterambere ntiriri kwihuta neza”

Uru rubyiruko kandi ngo bitewe n’amikora macye baba bafite, ntibashobora no kuguza amafaranga muri za banki kugirango bayakoreshe ubundi bazishyure nyuma.

Umukozi w’akarere ka Gakenke ufite urubyiruko, siporo n’umuco mu nshingano ze Jean Bosco Iryagaragaye avuga ko muri rusange urubyiruko barubwira kwishyira hamwe kugirango bahabwe inkunga cyangwa banahugurwe mubijyanye no kwihangira imirimo ariko abatuye mu murenge wa Kivuruga bakaba badakunze kubyitabira

Ati “muri Kivuruga aba jeune baho ntibakunze kwitabira ahubwo nicyo kibazo tunafite buriya , aho tubwira abashinzwe urubyiruko batoye tuti rwose mwegere aba jeune mubakangurire bumve ko gahunda za leta zihari kubafasha kwitezimbere ubundi begere inzego z’ubuyobozi tubatere inkunga tubafashe”

Buri mwaka mu karere ka Gakenke haba hari amafaranga miliyoni 8 zigomba kuzafasha urubyiruko mu bikorwa byo kwitezimbere

Mu karere ka Gakenke hatuwe n’abaturage basaga gato ibihumbi 341 mugihe 1/3 cyabo kingana urubyiruko rutuye muri kano karere.

Business community calls for stronger Public-private partnerships

Business community calls for stronger Public-private partnerships

Gerard Nkusi Mukubu

The  Government  has  engaged the private sector   mainly in  policy making  and reviews as well as  development projects  that are geared towards socio-economic  development, but  sector players  say needs to  increased.

More efforts to  strengthen  the   public- private   partnership-PPP dialogue is vital towards   providing  ability to the private sector to push the  economy to middle income, a country’s ambitious  target by 2020.

Experts  believe that    by  the government engaging  the private   sector  in a dialogue  would help  address  the challenges the  latter  is facing that  would otherwise hamper its  efforts  to  drive the  economy.

“The public-private dialogue has been ongoing and has produced substantive results that have supported the business operations but we need to do it at all levels,” said Gerard Nkusi Mukubu, acting chief executive officer of private Sector Federation.

Mukubu  is optimistic that   by  engaging the private sector  at  all  planning levels  mainly in   drafting and enacting policies and regulations that affect the  business operations   would  bolster  the sector  production.

The private Sector federation-PSF is an umbrella organization that advocates for the private sector.

Accordingly, the dialogue is  seen as an  opportunity  to   proactively  engage the   private sector   in  government’s  agenda   for  national growth as enshrined  in  the country’s  vision 2020.

“Private sector activities straddle almost all sectors of the economy; what we are trying to find out is what you intend to focus on in the coming fiscal year and how the government can facilitate,”Amb. Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance said earlier.

The business community, under their umbrella body, Private Sector Federation (PSF), urged the government to always engage them at every level when drafting and enacting policies and regulations that affect business operations. “The government should also build the capacity of trade support institutions and business associations,” they said.

The Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete said the dialogue identified areas where to further strengthen   the   dialogue.

The Minster says that the  government has identified several investment opportunities that the  private sector  could  take over or  partner  with  the  government  in executing  development projects.

Cooperatives struggling to stay afloat

Since the launch of the Second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2) as a home stretch of vision 2020, the government of Rwanda has promoted the formation of co-operatives as a way uplifting the masses out of poverty.

 

BRD management and Adorwa cooperative during the launch of multi- million complex in question

BRD management and Adorwa cooperative during the launch of multi- million complex in question

 

But all has not be grossy for some cooperatives as many are struggling to stay afloat with some succumbing their property to banks after failure to repay loans.

One of the affected cooperatives is Adarwa cooperative that is made up of former carpenters in the Gisozi area of Kigali.

Mathias Dukunzuwaturemye, the managing director of Adarwa cooperative noted that the members have been heavily affected as they are set to lose all their investments and savings to one of their lenders.

“We acquired a loan to set up a multi- million complex that we expected to attract a lot of clients but as of now only 32 of the 300 available spaces have been taken,” he states.

“We asked the bank to give us more time but they seem reluctant and only government intervention can save us,” he further adds.

When contacted the bank in question, the development bank of Rwanda (BRD), declined to comment on the issue saying they are waiting for legal counsel.

ICT vital in boosting trade growth – Minister Kanimba

ICT vital in boosting trade growth - Minister Kanimba

Francois Kanimba

Rwanda Minister for Trade and Industry Francois Kanimba has said, application of technology is likely to bolster the country’s trade growth thus enabling the economy transform to middle income by 2020.

Through easing doing businesses through cutting down costs, red tape procedures, as well as reduction in time wastage, Kanimba believes that more businesses would rise  which will thus   facilitate  trade growth.

“Access to capital for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), for instance, has increased through a common credit tracking system,” Minister Kanimba noted

The government embarked on strengthening technology to help boost its use as result speed up processes and make them more transparent, something seen to bolster the buoyant economy that grew.

Some reforms, the Minister says that have already been put in place andwould register positive impact towards trade growth include on line business registration that helps  one to register business in  only  six hours.

Moreover, the recent  move  by Rwanda Revenue Authority-RRA  to  help  SMEs  to  pay  taxes  using their mobile phones is another step to  boost  trade.

Land registration has also been computerized and linked with the business registration, which has been useful for businesses when they apply for loans, The Minister noted

Through this, the  government looks  at  easing  doing business to attract more investors while also  boosting the Small and Medium Enterprises-SMEs  to help in  job creation as well as  reducing  imported products  and  increasing export base.

The country is currently struggling to   close the widening trade deficit   that stands at 7.5 percentages.

There is optimism, experts say that the application of technology by businesses, efforts to boost export base would help the country to balance its   trade receipts.

“By Large, when businesses adopt technology which is of course at their level in terms of capacity, it is promoting efficiency and profitability,” said  Davis Mukiza, a business Consultant.

Moreover, with the application of   technology, experts assert that challenges such as lack of access to   market information, transaction costs, and lack of skills would be addressed to pave way for trade growth.

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