By Elias Hakizimana.
At least 5,000 permanent jobs and over 7,000 casual workers have so far been created by manufacturers in the special industrial economic zone Located in Kigali city.
Telesphore Mugwiza, the director general of Industry and Entrepreneurship at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, said local industries that helping to promote made-in-Rwanda strategy have also boosted Rwanda’s exports.
He was speaking during the celebration of the World Standards Day 2018 and Africa Industrialization Day 2018.
He said industrial zones are also being built in six secondary cities of Bugesera, Musanze,Nyagatare, Rusizi, Rubavu, Muhanga and Huye.
In detail, made in Rwanda had a positive impact on the industrial output and the country’s trade balance.
Figures show that since the launch of the campaign in 2015, Rwanda’s total exports have increased by 69%, from $559 in 2015 to $944 million in 2017.
Total imports decreased by 4%, from USD 1.849 billion in 2015 to USD1.772 billion in 2017.
Since 2015, Rwanda has experienced a 36% decrease in its trade deficit.
Felicien Mutalikanwa, the Chairman of Rwanda Manufacturers Association said Manufacturing industries in Rwanda are divided into 10 subsectors namely food, beverages and tobacco sector, and pharmaceutical sector, plastic, rubber and foam sector, metal, iron, steel and fabricated metal products sector.
Others are pulp, paper and paper products sector, electrical and electronics sector, textile, leather and apparel sector, timber, wood and furniture sector, non-metallic products sector and motor—vehicle and miscellaneous assembly.
According to the World Bank report, he cited, the net exports grew at the fastest rate in ten years and made a healthy contribution to growth.
Exports grew by 33.5 percent in 2017 in real terms outperforming imports growth.
“The success of Made in Rwanda is achievable and the industries are ready to play their role by producing more quality and affordable once these highlighted challenges are dealt with.
We would like to stress that the competitiveness of Rwandan Manufacturing industries will not only promote Made in Rwanda but will also generate substantial employment, create wealth, increase exports and also diversified foreign earnings,” he said.
Raymond Murenzi, the DG of Rwanda standard Board said: “Industrialization is certainly the key to Africa’s economic development with the ability to bring prosperity, new jobs and better incomes for all.”
The 4th Industrial Revolution is on. For sustainable development of industries in Africa, our industries need to apply the Revolution’s technologies in all sectors of daily life. Without standards, industries would hardly, if not, operate & quality products for cross-border trade not available, he said.
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