Rwanda is a landlocked low income country which saw its GNI per capita rise from 220 US $ in 2005 to 540 US $ in 2011. Rwanda’s government is making a very determined effort to stimulate and liberalise the economy and improvement of the business climate is a top priority.
Its ranking in the WB Doing Business report has improved very substantially from 139th place in 2006 to 45th in 2012 and the country is now among the top 10 reformers of recent years.
Starting a business used to take 9 procedures and 21 days in 2005. In 2011 it took just 2 procedures and 3 days. In 2005 registering property would take 5 procedures and 371 days. In 2011 it would take 5 procedures and 25 days.
Rwandan employers’ national and international interests are being represented by the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (RPSF), member of the International Organisation of Employers. DECP first contacted the RPSF in 2006 and concluded a partnership agreement in 2007.
Cooperation between DECP and the PSF is focussed on developing a sustainable financial basis and income generating services, on improving its research and advocacy capacity and on raising PSF’s profile as the independent voice of the private sector.