Rwanda aims to become a middle income country by 2020. A strong private sector is a key success factor for such a development. The Eco Emploi cooperation system focuses therefore on a variety of initiatives to support a sustainable development of the private sector. Main target group of the interventions are Small and Medium Enterprises (SME):
Rwanda Public Private Dialogue
The Rwanda Public Private Dialogue (RPPD) is an initiative of the Private Sector Federation (PSF) and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). It aims at improving the business environment through dialogue between the private and the public sector. Eco Emploi supports it with capacity building for the RPPD secretariat as well as on district level. Additionally, RPPD will address issues on economic sector level in cooperation with Sector Associations and in selected thematic areas. A focus of the cooperation is the mobilization of women in RPPD.
It also gives the opportunity to implement modern communication instruments in the more and more ICT-based business community of Rwanda like a new (Link SMS-Tool)SMS-Tool for RPPD.
Business development services
Business development services (BDS) are vital to a strong economy, as they facilitate solutions for companies and increase their competitiveness. This is especially of importance for SME which normally have no easy access to such services. Eco Emploi programme addresses this in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Green Economy, including a special focus to address Women Economic Empowerment.
One fundamental service promoted with Eco Emploi is the Nucleus Approach as a service of the Sector Associations in cooperation with PSF and the Chambers. 10 to 15 entrepreneurs of a sector meet in Nucleus groups with the facilitating support of a counselor to identify and discuss common problems and jointly work on solutions. This allows sharing experience, developing joint projects and share costs in their implementation. The Nucleus Approach has proven a strong service around the world, also as a tool to strengthen the Associations.
Entrepreneurship and business trainings following the CEFE approach (Competency Based Economy and Formation of Entrepreneurs) or the PREMA service (Profitable Resource Efficient Management) organized through sector associations. In cooperation with kLab, the “knowledge lab” of the Chamber of ICT, young entrepreneurs are supported to start their business with innovative ICT technologies, providing demand-oriented solutions for SME in the country.