Manufacturing Sector Overview
The manufacturing sector in Rwanda is critical in pursuit of key government policies and strategies that are aimed at increasing export revenues and decreasing trade deficits, generate off-farm employment, and growth of GDP. To ensure economic transformation, the EDPRS II targets the industrial (manufacturing, construction and mining) sector to contribute 20% to GDP by 2018 and it requires growing at an annual rate of 14%.
The Rwanda industrial policy aims at increasing domestic production, improving export competitiveness and creating an enabling environment for industrialization.
Pillar two of the Rwanda Private Sector Development Strategy (PSDS) aims at building a more competitive manufacturing sector capable of competing in the EAC, Great Lakes region, using new technologies, improved quality and deepening supply and value chains.
The manufacturing sector including agro-processing currently constitutes 43% of the industrial sector and it contributes 7% to GDP.
The manufacturing sector is currently dominated by construction materials manufacturing and agro-processing subsectors, mainly due to local availability of raw materials and the booming construction sector. Over three years, manufacturing investments excluding agro-processing grew by 675% from USD 20 million (2010) to USD 155 million (2012)
Government approach to support and unleash the manufacturing sector potential
Through Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and other government agencies, the manufacturing sector is promoted to ensure growth of the sector by encouraging new investments and supporting the existing companies. Such Interventions include:
Manufacturing Development Division
The Manufacturing Development Division particularly undertakes the following activities to implement the above government interventions to the sector:
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