« Ne vous contentez pas seulement des réalisations,nous avons encore un travail dur »-Kagame

Le Président Kagame s’adressant aux jeunes professionnels et Imbuto Foundation

Le Président Kagame s’adressant aux jeunes professionnels et Imbuto Foundation

Le Président Paul Kagame a rappelé les jeunes professionnels à ne pas se contenter seulement sur leurs réalisations parce qu’ils ont encore beaucoup de choses à faire pour se développer et développer le pays en générale.Le Président Kagame était l’invité d’honneur au 22e congrès de « Imbuto Foundatio » dimanche le 14/12/2014 tenu à l’Hôtel Serena de Kigali.

Ce congrès réunissait les jeunes entrepreneurs et les dirigeants de « Imbuto Foundation ». C’est Madame Jeannette Kagame qui assure la présidente de cette fondation.Ce congrès était aussi une occasion de présenter certaines solutions créées par les Rwandais, comme la justice participative traditionnelle Gacaca, lalutte contre la pauvreté via Ubudehe, les travaux communautaires (Umuganda), donner une vache à une famille pauvre (Girinka), un ordinateur par enfant, les contrats de performance (Imihigo), le dialogue nationale(Umushyikirano),etc.

Les participants ont échangé sur le rôle des jeunes dans le développement et la résolution des problèmes auxquels le monde fait face. Kagame a demandé à ces jeunes de ne pas prendre à la légère leurs problèmes pour que les Rwandais puissent se débarrasser de l’arrogancedes pays étrangers, qui n’ont pas la pitié des Rwandais.

« Ne vous contentez pas seulement des réalisations,nous avons encore un travail dur »-Kagame

« J’ai regardé une émissiontélévisée de la réunion que je devrais prendre part regroupant les pays parlant la même langue. L’un Présidentsdes pays développéspointant du doigt ses homologues et ces derniers applaudissaient. Ça m’a touché et il disait que c’est le temps pour l’Afrique. Mais quel est le temps qui n’a pas été pour l’Afrique ? », s’est interrogé Kagame.

« Vous ne devrez pas acceptercela,mais si vous n’y faiterien, ça va continuercomme ça. Ne vous contentez pas seulement des réalisations, et croire que vous avez atteint le développement. C’est plutôt le temps de travailler beaucoup pour vous-mêmes et pour les autres. Le chemin est encore long et nous devons affronter les problèmes, s’occuper de nos populations et s’atteler àl’accroissement de l’économie », a suggéré Kagame.

Le Président a donné un conseil aux  jeunes, qui discutaient sur le thème « Au-delà de ce moment »,de ne pas regretter de leur mauvais choix du passé. « Plus le nombre des personnes qui font les meilleurs choix augmente, que ça soit la population ordinaire ou les autorités, plus la situation socio-économique de la population s’améliore. Si tu fais un choix d’un raccourci, toutes les opportunités vont disparaitre », a-t-il souligné.

Jeannette Kagame demande aux jeunes de redoubler et de conjuguer leurs efforts

Madame Jeannette Kagamequi était avec ces jeunesavant même l’arrivée du Président de la République, s’est félicitée du faite que, le pays a commencé un chemin vers la résilience, mais que les efforts et le courage qu’ils avaient au début devraient continuer.

« Le congrès d’aujourd’huipermet de nous projeter dans l’avenir et penser à un long chemin devant nous. Nous voulons que vous soyez au sommet du développement du pays, que ça soit dans le domaine des affaires ou la société civile », a conseillé Jeannette Kagame.

Le Président Kagame et Jeannette Kagame lors de ce congrès de Imbuto Foundation

Le Président Kagame et Jeannette Kagame lors de ce congrès de Imbuto Foundation

Selon Jeannette Kagame, il faut qu’il y ait la conjugaison et l’union des forces pour atteindre les objectifs du Rwanda, la « Vision 2020 ». Cela sera facilité par l’échange de l’information qui montre les différentes créativités et avoir confiance en soi.

L’identité Rwandaise « Ubunyarwanda » et la recherche de la solution à n’importe quel problème

Parmi les orateurs dans ce congrès des jeunes entrepreneurs, figure Igor César, né des parents Rwandais et Allemand. Ce Germano-rwandais a dit que c’est le jour où il a été privé le droit de continuer ses études secondaires, alors qu’il avait réussi l’examen avec les bonnes notes au Burundi, qu’il a réalisé l’importance et la valeur de lutter pour son identité rwandaise.

« Il ne faut pas découvrir le Rwanda lorsque vous le perdez, il ne faut pas aimer votre identité rwandaise parce qu’on vous l’a privé. Chaque fois que j’avais des problèmes, je le disais à mon père, et il me demandait ce que j’ai fait pour résoudre ce problème », a-t-il relaté aux jeunes.

Les participants à ce congrès écoutant attentivement les témoignages constructifs des jeunes

Les participants à ce congrès écoutant attentivement les témoignages constructifs des jeunes

Des conseils ont été donnésà l’endroit des jeunes comme prendre soin d’eux-mêmes, seconnaître, combattre la corruption, faire la bonne gestion du temps et de leurs biens, avoir la culture de lire beaucoup et se documenter, avoir la planification, découvrir ses talents de tout un chacun pour pouvoir les développer, savoir se choisir des bon amis, travailler dans le but d’atteindre les objectifs donnés.

Le congrès qui a réunis les jeunes d’Imbuto Foundation et les jeunes entrepreneurs  (Young Professionals), a fait que le Rwandapuisse montrer aux pays étrangers, certaines solutions internes venues des Rwandais, comme Gacaca, Ubudehe, les travaux communautaires (Umuganda), Girinka,un ordinateur par enfant, les contrats de performance(Imihigo), le Dialogue National(Umushyikirano), etc.

Use of technology would spur MFIs performance

Use of technology would spur MFIs performance

Microfinance Institutions-MFIs performance would   increase their penetration to   bank the unbanked and   spur financial inclusion if they continue adapt to   the use of technologies in service delivery, experts have said

Microfinance Institutions have been vital in    channeling credit to rural folks who   mostly ignored by    commercial banks, but   they are at times   constrained with   low   use of technologies such e-banking systems.

“We need to embrace technology so that we can increase   on our service delivery as well as accountability,” said Jean Marie VianneyNzagahimana, chairman of Association of Microfinance Institutions of Rwanda-AMIR

Most of the Microfinance institutions have not yet adopted electronic systems such as e-banking, linking to the national   platform as well as low use of internet which delays service delivery.

“MFIs look at these as expensive but they are   important in the long run. if clients are receiving better services will continue to bank with them (MFIs),” said  Rita Ngarambe, the association’s  Executive Secretary

Recently,   the association together with German Savings bank stepped up efforts to increase capacity within the sector, which saw efficiency and penetration in the underserved areas.

Nevertheless, the sector   is still facing   the challenge of   increasing the savings mobilization; this according to experts is attributed to   inappropriate products the MFIs put out   to the market.

“This is why we are   attracting more   MFIs to join the   Association so that now we can help them   address these challenges,” said Peter Rwema, the association’s in charge for programmes.

To achieve  its  ambitious target  to have    at least   80 percent  financial  included  by  2018, the government is looking at  the microfinance sector that include Saccos to  steer  rural   inclusion, something that will  increase liquidity  to lend to the private  sector.

The Microfinance institutions have been vital in extending credit to   the   small income earners mainly in rural areas who would not be welcomed by commercial banks.

Moreover, with   the country’s savings contribution to GDP stands at around 15 percent   against the continents standings of 20 percent, designing appropriate    products would help step up the percentages.

Rulindo: abafite ubumuga bageze kure mu kwiteza imbere

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Bamwe mu bafite ubumuga bo mu karere ka Rulindo ngo basanga bakwiye kwiteza imbere, aho guhora bategeye amaboko abandi babasaba kandi nabo hari byinshi babasha kwigezaho.

Abafite ubumuga bo muri aka karere bakaba barafashe gahunda yo guhindura  imyumvire bari bafite mbere, aho mbere ngo nta bikorwa bagiraga bibateza imbere,none ubu bakaba bafite ibikorwa bibahuza mu mashyirahamwe bagamije kwiteza imbere.

Hajabakiga Tomas, ni umuyobozi w’ishyirahamwe ry’abafite ubumuga Fraternity Dufatanye rikorera mu murenge wa Masoro. Uyu mugabo wagize ubumuga bw’ukuguru kuva mu 1994, afite abana 6 n’umugore.

Avuga  ko umuryango we ubayeho neza nyuma yo guhindura imyumvire agakora , kuko ubu noneho ngo abasha gukora akawuteza imbere.

Hajabakiga kandi avuga ko yabashije kurihira abana be amashuri ,kuri ubu umwe mu bana be yamurihiye amashuri arayarangiza ubu arakora, babiri nabo ngo aracyabarihira ndetse abo mu muryango we bose abasha kubarihira mituweri abikesha umwuga w’ubudozi .

Hajabakiga ashima Leta kuba yaramuhaye amahugurwa ku bijyanye n’ubudozi,aho avuga ko Leta  yamufashije kumenya umwuga w’ubudozi akivana mu bukene ntategereze kubaho asabiriza.

Kuri ubu kandi ngo anafite gahunda yo gufasha abandi bafite ubumuga bagenzi be bo mu karere ka Rulindo ,bakiri  mu muhanda akabatoza gukora bakiteza imbere bakareka gusabiriza.

Aragira inama abandi bantu bafite ubumuga kwikuramo umuco mubi bamwe muri bo bagira wo gutega amaboko agira ati”.Inama nagira abafite ubumuga ni ukwikuramo umuco wo gusabiriza bagashyira amaboko hasi bagakora bityo nabo bakiteza imbere kimwe n’abandi banyarwanda.”

Iri shyirahamwe ahagarariye kuri ubu ngo rikaba rifite gahunda yo kwigisha abana batagize amahirwe yo gukomeza amashuri babana n’ubumuga bo mu karere ka Rulindo .

Ishyirahamwe ry’abafite ubumuga Fraternite Dufatanye ,kuri ubu rifite abanyamuryango basaga 350. Bakora ibikorwa bitandukanye by’ubukorikori ,n’ubudozi bw’imyenda.

Aba banyamuryango kandi ngo bose bakaba bamaze no kuba aborozi aho buri wese afite itungo rimufasha mu mibereho ye ya buri munsi.

Rutsiro: Business training to help in job creation

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Business advisors in Rutsiro district revealed that the on-going training will help them and other residents to create jobs.

Initiative has produced some illuminating ideas, tools and methods that have had a significant impact on employment creation in rural areas, even in the most disadvantaged areas. Elaste Bayihorere, a trainer from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) explains.

This comes as business advisors in Rutsiro district are being trained on job creation from December 2- 12.

Bayihorere noted that job creation is a government programme meant to help youth and women create off-farm jobs for sustainable.

“This is a government programme to help women and youth learn about job creation so as to develop individually and the nation,” he added.

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Imanishimwe, a participant highlighted that a lot is expected from the training, saying many people have got ideas on how easy to set up income generating activities after.

“Basing on what we have covered already and what is remaining, we are set to help many people to create jobs and achieve sustainable development,” he said.

Apart from job creation, business advisers are trained on project management and management of funds.

The trainees include business advisors from 13 sectors of Rutsiro district.

After training, business advisers are scheduled to train youth and women in sectors on job creation and project management.

Rutsiro: kwigishwa kwihangira imirimo ngo bizabafasha kwiteza imbere.

Rutsiro: kwigishwa kwihangira imirimo ngo bizabafasha kwiteza imbere.

Kuva tariki ya 02/12 kugeza tariki ya 12/12/2014 abajyanama b’ubucuruzi bo mu karere ka Rutsiro bari kwigishwa kwihangira imirimo kandi ngo bizabagirira akamaro kanini.

Ibi barabitangaza nyuma yo kubona ibyo bari guhugurirwa ndetse no kwigishwa ari iby’agaciro aho ngo bizafasha benshi mu kwitabira kwihangira imirimo.

Rutsiro: kwigishwa kwihangira imirimo ngo bizabafasha kwiteza imbere.

Imanishimwe Jean Marie Vianney ni umwe mu bari guhugurwa atangaza ko hari byinshi byiza biteze kuri aya mahugurwa aho yagize ati” nkurikije ibyo tumaze kwigishwa ndetse n’ibiri kuri gahunda tugomba kwiga ndabona bizafasha benshi mu kwiteza imbere”

Yanongeyeho kandi ko nk’umuntu ushinzwe ubujyanama mu by’ubucuruzi azasangiza bagenzi be ahagarariye bo mu murenge yaturutsemo kugirango yuzuze inshingano ze.

Umufashamyumvire wa RDB mu by’ubucuruzi Elaste Bayihorere akaba ari nawe uri guhugura abo bajyanama mu by’ubucuruzi bo mu mirenge igize akarere ka Rutsiro avuga ko iyi ari gahunda ya leta yo gufasha urubyiruko n’abagore cyane cyane kwihangira imirimo mu rwego rwo kwiteza imbere ndetse no guteza imbere igihugu.

Yagize ati’ iyi ni gahunda ya Leta yo gufasha abagore ndetse n’urubyiruko kwigishwa kwihangira imirimo kugirango biteze imbere ndetse n’igihugu muri rusange”

Uretse kwigishwa kwihangira imirimo abahugurwa bari kwigishwa gukora imishinga no kuyicunga  ndetse no kwigishwa gucunga imari mu rwego ngo rwo kwirinda gusesagura amafaranga.

Abahugurwa ni abajyanama b’ubucuruzi bo mu mirenge 13 igize akarere ka Rutsiro hakaba haritabiriye 2 muri buri murenge aya mahugurwa akaba azarangira kuri uyu wa 5, nyuma abahuguwe bazakurikizaho kujya mu mirenge bigishe urubyiruko ndetse n’abagore n’abandi bantun babyifuza gukora umushinga ndetse no gucunga imari.

 

Airtel backs businesses for People with Disabilities

Airtel backs businesses for People with Disabilities

Majority of them are known to vie the streets begging and are looked at as a waste to the communities they live in, being disabled, to many would mean loss of hope to achieve your ambitions.

But this with the support from Airtel Rwanda will be history as people living with disabilities are setting up businesses to earn income and position them in the society.

“Our core function at Ijwi Rya Bose is to empower persons with disabilities by giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Jean Marie Vianney Icyitegetse, Managing Director of Ijwi Rya Bose

He adds, “Enterprise is one of them and we are glad to have been able to make this possible with the support from Airtel Rwanda.”

Ijwi Rya Bose is a specialist media group focusing and promoting rights of persons with disabilities in Rwanda.

Together with Airtel, Ijwi Rya Bose contributed an assortment of business products and incentives to Rwandans with disabilities through Jya Mu Bandi Mwana; an umbrella organization for the group. The contribution will initially support 40 persons.

But, the programme is set to cover the whole country over the next year and Airtel Rwanda and IJWI RYA BOSE are currently working out a plan to support over 100 people with disabilities all over the country.

Accordingly, Ijwi Rya Bose has contributed products worth Rwf500, 000 while Airtel Rwanda has contributed trade materials and will support the group with basic entrepreneurship skills to help jumpstart their business.

“The products will help the beneficiaries’ startup businesses and earn a living to better their livelihood,” said Denise Umunyana, the Airtel head of corporate communications and CSR said,

Umunyana says that the Airtel contribution will include Airtel airtime and simcards, shelter umbrellas, t-shirts and tables.

“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you will be needed by someone. Today’s beneficiaries will be needed by our customers to provide products and services to them,” she added

This therefore   creates  yet a another milestone for the current shift of telecoms  from sponsoring concerts  and  promotions   to impacting   people’s lives mainly  setting a   business  jumpstart  for  their  livelihood.

“This contribution by airtel shows that the telecom is not only profit making but also cares for the wellbeing of Rwandan people,” said Romalis NIYOMUGABO, president of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities

Accordingly, the this initiative will build the entrepreneurship of the beneficiaries  thus being able  to start their dream  business and contribute to the private sector growth  needed to   spur the  economy .

Ngoma: Urugaga rw’abikorera rurashima ko ruhagararirwa muri njyanama

Ngoma

Ubwo abahagarariye abikorera mu karere ka Ngoma batorwaga, abatowe bijeje ko bazageza kuri byinshi uru rwego bitewe n’uko bashyigikiwe na leta aho banahawe ubahagararira mu nzego zifata ibyemezo ari zo njyanama.

Abatorewe kuyobora urugaga rw’abikorera mu karere ka Ngoma bavuze ko bazababera abavugizi beza muri uru rwego rwa njyanama y’akarere kugirango  hajye hafatwa ibyemezo bitabangamiye abikorera, mu iterambere ryabo n’akarere kabo.

Kazimiri Vivens watorewe kuyobora uru rugaga mu karere ka Ngoma yavuze ko uru rugaga rukorana n’inzego za leta mu gushaka icyakwihutisha iterambere kuko hari byinshi  abacuruzi bifuzaga byagiye bibonerwa igisubizo binyuze muri uru rwego rw’urugaga rwakoze ubuvugizi.

Yagize ati” Nagirango mbabwire ko leta yacu idushyigikiye nk’abikorera kandi yifuza ko twaba moteri y’iterambere. Tuzakomeza kurebera hamwe icyaduteza imbere dufatanije kandi dukora ubuvugizi ku bibazo duhura nabyo kuko duhagarariwe muri njyanama ifata ibyemezo.

Bimwe mu bibazo byabonewe umuti harimo nk’ ikibazo cy’abacuruzi bagendaga bagira TIN number nyinshi ndetse na za register de commerce  hanyuma hakorwa ubuvugizi kugirango izo TIN number zindi batagikoresha bazisubize zireke gukomeza kubarirwa imisoro zitagikora.

Hari n’ibibazo bijyanye n’ishyirwaho ry’amafaranga y’umusoro aho ubu ngo uzajya ushyirwaho, uhagarariye urugaga rw’abikorera yatanzeho ibitekerezo kuko nawe afite intebe muri njyanama y’akarere.

Bamwe mubari mu rugaga rw’abikorera mu karere ka Ngoma bavuga ko babona hari inyungu nyinshi ndetse ko bazungukira mu mishinga urugaga rufite yo kwishyira hamwe bagakora company cyangwa sosiyete y’ishoramari muri aka karere.

Gusa haracyari imbogamizi za bamwe mu bataritabira kujya mu rugaga kuko kugera ubu habarurwa abanyamuryango bagera kuri 200 mu karere kose bityo aya matora akaba yaranabaye umwanya wo guhamagarira abandi bikorera kugana uru rugaga ngo bahuze imbaraga biteze imbere.

SoSoMa industries wins Africa’s SME award

SoSoMa industries wins Africa’s SME award

Finally, this year’s top award for SME of the Year went to SoSoMa Industries, another Rwandan SME specialising in agro-business.

“We wanted to celebrate SMEs by spotlighting champions capable of transforming the continent and creating value,” explained Amadou Kane, former Finance Minister of Senegal, who was selected to lead the awards panel. “They are the torch-bearers of the Africa SME Champions community.”

Africa SME Champions is so much more than just a conference. We will offer the business and institutional community a framework to meet their needs and enable them to interact with one other.

SMEs need money, but they especially need support as well,” explains Didier Acouetey, founder of the specialist recruitment agency AfricSearch and creator of the event. “This is why we decided to launch Africa SME Champions, a platform to support African SMEs.”

Scheduled to launch in early 2015, this platform aims first to offer support tools to SMEs based on information derived from the fifteen or so thematic sessions presented at the forum.

These sessions dealt with issues such as writing a business plan, marketing techniques and customer relations.

The partner institutions and enterprises, including the IFC, the African Development Bank, OCP, investment funds and consulting firms, will all contribute input to this database of expertise.

In addition to the website, the Africa SME Champions platform will offer very concrete support and consulting services.

“Once SMEs find the information they need on the website, a dedicated team will be on hand to connect them to the relevant funds and consultants who can help them to raise the necessary funds. An entire ecosystem will be available in support of African Champions,” explains Didier Acouetey.

The Africa SME Champions Forum community has also made plans to create the “African Champion” label.

This label will be attached to SMEs based on several criteria, such as their ability to create jobs, their role in regional integration, their implementation of good governance principles, etc. With this label, they will be able to enjoy favourable conditions in the partner countries. In addition to tax advantages, they will also be able to access public procurement contracts, recruitment aid and guarantee funds.

The pan-African bank Ecobank, an event partner, has itself announced the creation of Ecobank SME Clubs. Albert Essien, the bank’s general director, described this project:

“SMEs merit special attention. These clubs will be privileged spaces for dialogue to better evaluate funding needs and make it easier to obtain funding. The criteria for joining the clubs will be extremely simple.”

The Africa SME Champions Forum (http://www.africa-smechampions.com) closed on 12 November in Dakar, but its work in support of African champions is only just beginning.

Bringing together over 300 SMEs and around 100 African economic and political policymakers, these two days of dialogue produced the foundations for a very concrete roadmap.

This roadmap will guide the actions of the Africa SME Champions community in anticipation of the next forum, to be held in Nairobi in November 2015.

The forum also offered an opportunity to recognise champions. The African SME Champions Awards, sponsored by the African Guarantee Fund, honoured three enterprises, which were selected following a rigorous and transparent process. The director of Village Group in Rwanda was awarded the Young Entrepreneur Award. Tabaki, a Kenyan SME, won the Regional SME Award

Ngororero: Private sector should do more -mayor Ruboneza

The Ngororero district mayor Gideon Ruboneza has called on the private sector to increase its participation in the district’s economic development, saying the current levels of private investments are still wanting.

“We want to harness the expertise, resources and innovation of the private sector to help the most vulnerable,” said the mayor Gideon Ruboneza, Ngororero district. “This leads to better job opportunities, more investment and more resources to improve productivity and public well-being.”

Ruboneza explained that the private sector has created job opportunities to more people from poverty to prosperity in Ngororero district but the sector still has a lot to improve on.

Private sector should do more -mayor Ruboneza

The Ngororero district mayor Gideon Ruboneza boasts of the achievements of PSF

Ruboneza said that Ngororero district has registered infrastructural development in areas.

It is the primary source of economic growth, job creation, government revenue to finance essential public services, and the goods and services required to improve people’s quality of life.

The projects that were recently realized will play a part in performance of Ngororero district in the realization of performing contracts 2014/2015.

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Ibrahim Kanyambo, coordinator of PSF Ngororero believes hard work and full participation leads to development

Kabaya and Matyazo sectors are the exemplary sectors that have already initiated PSF cooperatives which are operational and of positive impact to its members.

Language affecting local contractors

Language affecting local contractors

Rwandan contractors are losing lucrative tenders in East Africa because they cannot comprehend bid documents written in the English Language. This is according to Donatien Mungwararera, director of The Private Sector Federation Rwanda (PSF).

“Though we carryout periodic trainings in languages, we do not reach everyone,” said Mungwararera, who advised traders to try their best to learn “the most commonly spoken languages in the region, especially English and Swahili, to enhance their competitiveness.”

Laying credence to the PSF director’s claim, a local supplier of construction materials, Enock Kamugisha, told this reporter that he lost tenders on four occasions because he could not understand all the requirements stated in the bid documents.

“Bids are drafted in English; and there are many technical terms that we fail to understand,” he said.

PSF, a professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of the Rwandan business community has noted that learning the languages will boost the growth of Rwanda’s private sector..

According to Rwanda’s 2013 Manpower Survey released earlier this year, most Rwandan business people do not understand English and Swahili. This has made them less competitive within the region.

To help solve this challenge, the Ministry of East African Community Affairs has developed a new language policy that will offer Swahili and English lessons at an early age.

“We have a policy that aims at teaching Swahili from lower secondary education. The policy is already being implemented by the Ministry of Education,” said Jean Pierre Niyitegeka, the director of social development centre at the ministry.

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