The Development of the wood sector is one of key resolutions of the GoR 13th National Leadership Retreat and one of pillars for the success of Rwanda’s vision to attain a Middle Income Country status by 2020. The sector has the potential to generate substantial off-farm employment, increase exports, increase incomes and widen the tax base.
To address existing challenges and unlock SME’s potential through increased competitiveness, Eco-Emploi programme is undertaking with differentpartners the task of developing a comprehensive action plan with key interventions aimed at enhancing the competitive of players within the wood sector.
Currently the program has set up the core group of the wood value chain; this core group is composed of public and private actors including MINEACOM, WDA, Wood Association, TVET Schools, IPRCs and ICPCs just to mention a few. It will provide essential steps that strengthen the market linkages of all actors in wood sector/value chain and thereby enhance economic growth and employment in that sector.
Together with public and private partners, Eco Emploi developed the wood sector operational plan (2016-2019), with key interventions toimprove the competitiveness of players engaged in the sector (artisans/wood workers, timber traders, wood products traders, forest management, etc) in Rwanda and strengthen their capacity in order to support the value chain stakeholders to produce higher quality and increase production for both local and foreign markets while reducing imports.