Industrial Observatory in Rwanda

1. Introduction

The industrial and Trade Observatory is a project of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) which was started in October 2008 with the support of the United nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO with a purpose of strengthening of industrial governance in Rwanda. The observatory is headed by a senior national expert in industrial governance, Mr. Karuranga Canisius.

* It is an Industrial Studies Technical Unit(ISTU) whose overriding goal is to promote industrial competitiveness through the provision of relevant analysis based on recent relevant data.

* This is a specialized unit which in the long run will change the structure of industry and improve the people’s living standards.

* It comprises of the formulation, regular adjustment and effective

implementation of realistic industrial development strategies and policies

* It is critically dependent on the closest possible coordination and cooperation among the main stakeholder groups (government, private sector and industrial support institutions).

• Industrial governance refers to the substantive considerations and processes guiding the adoption of an industrial development vision and strategies for increased industrial performance and competitiveness; the latter’s operationalization in policies and programmes; and to the organizational structure of the Government as well as its interaction with the private sector and the institutional support system.

• In support of Government efforts to improve the country’s industrial governance capacities, the INDUSTRIAL AND TRADE OBSERVATORY will assist in the installation and early operation of an industrial policy studies and advisory platform (Industrial and Trade Observatory/Industrial Studies Technical Unit – ITO/ISTU) situated on MINICOM premises.

• The ITO/ISTU will be tasked with the monitoring and regular reporting of the country’s industrial performance and capabilities and thus provide the basis for informed policy decisions on industrial development issues.

• Operations will be geared towards the preparation and formal release of an annual “Industrial performance and Competitiveness Report” for Rwanda, followed by at least one sub-sector/value chain study.

• One of the core functions of Industrial and Trade Observatory will be to disseminate information of interest to the decision makers, the Public and Private sectors and stakeholder institutions.

• The project is for a period of 4 years but can be extended if and when necessary depending on availability of funding as well as both parties (UNIDO & MINICOM) decision.

2. Objectives

The general stated objectives of the Industrial and trade Observatory are as follows:

- Provide Capacity Building in Industrial Analysis techniques

- Monitor industrial trends

- Provide evidence based inputs to Policy formulation.

- Monitor progress on industrial and trade Policy implementation

- Provide an inter– institutional platform for technical analysis and collaboration on issues relevant to industrial sector development

The Tasks of the Industrial and Trade Observatory are expected to include :

- Regular Reports on Industrial trends, composition, growth, etc..

- Annual competitiveness report

3. Outputs of the Observatory

The following are the major outputs of the Industrial and Trade Observatory:

- Production of analytical reports, study reports, Competitiveness reports and industrial snapshots

- Public Private Platform for Policy dialogue (Think tank) strengthened

- Decentralized Industrial and Trade committees established and strengthened

- Formulated policies based on updated databases implemented

- Capacity building in Industrial diagnosis and competitiveness analysis, sectoral/value chain analysis

- Harmonization of industrial statistics and information and dissemination

4. Key Stakeholder Institutions

- The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM)

- National Bank of Rwanda (BNR)

- National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR)

- Private Sector Federation (PSF)

- Rwanda Development Board(RDB)

- Strategic Planning Unit (PSU)

- Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR)

- Minagri

- Minecofin

4. Institutional arrangements

The lead institution, UNIDO and lead Ministry, MINICOM; will work in collaboration with other local key partners namely; RDB, NISR, BNR, PSF, IPAR and MINAGRI to achieve joint programme outputs.

The coordination and governance is the responsibility of MINICOM which is the lead ministry in charge of industrial activities and governance throughout the country.

5. Achievements

- The complete set up of the observatory computers and office furniture

- Training in industrial diagnosis and competitiveness analysis and World Integrated Solutions (WITS) Application Software to staff from MINICOM, BNR, SPU, IPAR, NISR, MINAGRI, PSF and RDB (2 trainings)

- Formation of Industrial Governance Network.

- Industrial Capacity and Performance Report for 2009.

- Industrial Policy and Industrial Master Plan (finalized)

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