Biruta Woos Private Sector to Invest in Rwanda’s Forestry
Rwanda government is courting the private sector to tap into opportunities in the forestry sector saying it’s also very lucrative.
Dr. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources told private sector members during a dialogue that government wants to work with them to improve the forestry sector.
“Although government is investing heavily in developing different forest resources, private sector participation is encouraged in anyÂ project cycle including; design, building, financing, maintenance and operations,â€ Dr. Biruta said.
He said, “I want us to work together to improve Rwanda forest sector. We want to do this with you, not just for you.”
According to Dr. Biruta investment in Rwanda’s forestry has huge opportunities. He proposes civil society organizations to work on forest management to build partnerships with the private sector.
Two specific issues that were addressed are seed use, management and make up of tree species for forestation which needs collaboration from all sectors.
One of the participants said that there are many ways for the private sector to work with civil society organizations Â and government to grow the forestry sector.
Biruta said, â€œThe idea of today’s dialogue is to ensure the private sector is with us from start to end, from policies & laws to implementation.”
The government’s future engagement with private sector will be guided by key principles including; competitiveness, stability and transparency.
In 2013, the Government of Rwanda through Ministry of Natural resources awarded the New Forest Company (NFC) a concession agreement of 49 years to manage, invest, and value the forest cover surrounding Nyungwe natural forest which would increase contribution of the sector to the national GDP.
Participants in the dialogue included private sector, government institutions, developments partners and other stakeholders.