The Rwandan Government together with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) and other relevant institutions have identified the Rwandan wood sector, in particular the wooden furniture industry, as one the key sectors to create new jobs and to achieve global competitiveness.
To realise this strategic goal, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is working closely with the Rwandan Government under the Economy and Employment Promotion (Eco-Emploi) program to support the Rwandan wood sector.
Momentarily the Rwandan wood sector is characterised by insufficient market and customer orientation, inadequate sustainable business models, low productivity, lack of technical and management competencies.
The GIZ, therefore, commissioned ICON-INSTITUT GmbH to establish a national incubation/ acceleration facility for wood-processing start-ups and MSMEs in Rwanda. The facility will provide start-ups and companies from the wood sector with entrepreneurship and business management knowledge and skills at various stages of their business needs, from the early business ideation to running (incubation) and further developing their enterprises (acceleration). It will further help start-ups and MSMEs establish linkages with businesses, investors and financial institutions.
At the same time, ICON provides capacity building to national institutions, such as the National Industry Research and Development Agency, the Rwanda Forestry Authority, and the Rwanda Wood Value Chain Association, to help modernise the Rwandan wood sector.
Ultimately, the incubation/acceleration facility will lead to employment-oriented growth in the Rwandan wood sector.
01/12/2020 - 30/11/2022
Economic and Employment Promotion
Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH