14 Oct 2019
Appendix: Relevant Government Bodies in Rwanda
The RDB was established in 2006 to fast track investment projects by integrating all government agencies responsible for the entire investor experience under one roof. This includes key agencies responsible for business registration, investment promotion, environmental compliance clearances, and other necessary approval. RDB took steps to enhance investor after-care in 2017, launching a weekly Investor Open House and quarterly investor dialogues.
The Ministry is composed of two departments: the domestic trade department and the external trade department. Together, they have a number of responsibilities, including coordinating reforms aimed at easing doing business in Rwanda, coordinating all activities related to bilateral cooperation agreements on trade promotion and investment and advising the government on national, regional and international trade policies, strategies and regulations that need to be implemented and their impact, including within the hydrocarbon sector.
Special Economic Zones Authority of Rwanda
It is an independent agency responsible for planning the national SEZ regime, designation of land as SEZs, coordinating with public agencies, licensing and permitting SEZ enterprises (developers, operators and users), monitoring performance and ensuring compliance with SEZ rules and legislation.
The Ministry was formed in March 1997 from the joining of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning. Its primary objective is to raise sustainable growth, economic opportunities, and living standards of all Rwandans. As part of this, the Ministry looks to foster deep regional integration, promote a fair and flexible labour market and boost the productivity of the economy, employment opportunities and the investment climate.
The Ministry of Infrastructure is responsible for initiating a programme to develop, rehabilitate and maintain an efficient and integrated national transport infrastructure network, including roads, bridges, airports, railways, and water transportation which will contribute towards economic development and regional integration in the EAC. It also aims to increase access to affordable energy, water and sanitation. As part of this, it engages with the private sector to promote investment into the infrastructure sector.
The Ministry of Environment was established to ensure the conservation, protection and development of the environment. It also ensures the safeguard of green and climate resilience for growth of the economy. In doing so, it develops and disseminate environment and climate change policies, strategies and programs.
The Ministry of Public Service and Labour aims to create a socio-economic environment that promotes the generation of decent jobs and develop a national competitive labour force. Its responsibilities include finding and recruiting competent employees in public institutions and initiating strategies to promote work in the private sector.
The Ministry of Local Government ensures the coordination of good governance and high-quality territorial administration programmes that promote economic, social and political development throughout the nation. This includes developing a legal framework for good governance, territorial administration, settlement and socio-economic development.