The Rwanda Development Board (RDB), a government board mandated to spur trade and investment for the country's economic development, has introduced the Investors’ Service Directory.
The Directory is expected to be unveiled in July next year. This is another stride towards the nation’s ambition of realising the Vision 2020 programme.
One may wonder how a ‘mere’ Directory can be in line with a bigger goal but like RDB says; "to an investor it’s what a campus is to an explorer or sea farer."
How true this is. The Directory should be able to address the challenge of accessing sector specific information with regard to the stakeholders especially the service providers.
It will also hopefully make Rwanda’s environment more business friendly by facilitating investors and traders to do business at the lowest possible cost and maximum efficiency.
It is common knowledge that time is money. This is most felt by the business community which feels the pinch of any lost second.
Speeding up their search for opportunities and products will definitely save them a lot of time which will translate into more money.
The directory should therefore be designed in such a way that it is user friendly, clear and not time consuming. It should not be something to admire but to apply.
It should also be accessible in all forms, online, entry points, exit points…it should be visible and not an eye-sore. It should be designed in such a way that the rural service provider is not left out but actually applies it in a way that brings tangible benefits.
As we await the first issue to be unveiled, Rwandans should be sensitised on its importance so that when it finally gets here, they can actually use it. Let’s take more strides towards attaining our Vision 2020.