The government of Rwanda has identified the wood sector as a focus sector for economic growth and employment. The government advocates sustainable forestry, strengthens its skilled workforce and promotes, through its Made in Rwanda campaign, a competitive local wood sector.
The Promotion of Economy and Employment Programme (Eco-Emploi) supports the wood sector by promoting a business friendly environment and skills development. Good growth conditions include clearly defined standards and a reliable production infrastructure. Further, growth is enabled through better products and business development services.
Therefore, partners from public and private sector, amongst others, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM), the Workforce Development Authority (WDA), Rwanda Polytechnic (RP), Rwanda Water and Forest Authority, TVET schools, wood cooperatives and private enterprises have set up a core group to coordinate and identify key interventions that will assist the development of the wood sector. Meanwhile, Eco-Emploi acts as a facilitator between these various actors.