Entrepreneurs tend to change our personal and work life. Their innovative enterprises create wealth and contribute the growth of. In the process, their efforts lead to better standards of living,. It is now established that entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development are interlinked and have the power to create ripple effects and notable impact on job creation. Entrepreneurs need to be cultivated, motivated, and remunerated as national assets. Their role is pivotal in economic development, especially in a country like Rwanda which has a vision to become an upper middle-income country by the year 2035 and to reach high-income status by 2050. The National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) of the Government is a seven-year implementation program for 2017–2024 with clear view on inclusive economic growth, job creation, and private sector-led development in a variety of growth sectors, including diversified tourism, local manufacturing, productive agriculture and agro-processing, and knowledge-based services and information and communications technology (ICT).
The Government of Rwanda has developed a comprehensive and implementation ready Entrepreneurship Development Policy (EDP) aimed at building a vibrant and sustainable entrepreneurial Ecosystem. It replaces the earlier MSME policy to make entrepreneurship much more inclusive and address the needs of the young population of Rwanda.
Rwanda – India Entrepreneurship Development Centre (RIEDC) is an initiative of the Government of Rwanda and the Government of India to become a significant partner in implementing the EDP.
RIEDC is created with a vision to Develop and Strengthen the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Rwanda through several initiatives that makes entrepreneurship as a chosen career option and the people of Rwanda become job provides than being job seekers.
Instil Entrepreneurial Culture
Promote New Entrepreneurs
Establish Training Facilities
Provide assistance to trainees in terms of accessing finance, technical services and other inputs
Facilitate introduction of Entrepreneurship courses in universities and schools
Promote Entrepreneurship as a viable career option
Develop knowledge contents in the areas of concern
Develop a cadre of trainers, counsellors and advisors
Orient bankers and other officials in government and development organisations to become amenable to young entrepreneurs
Conduct policy research to provide inputs for developing entrepreneurial friendly policies
RIEDC has been established in justification of an MoU between the Government of Rwanda and the Government of India. It has been conceptualised, designed and implemented by Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), a premier intuition of entrepreneurship development and education in India. It brings along a vast experience of establishing such EDCs in several Asian countries.
RIEDC is being implemented in partnership with RICEM, a nationally established Institute in the areas of Cooperation, Entrepreneurship and Microfinance at Kigali, Rwanda.
RIEDC is led by Dr. Mukulirao Olivier, Director In-charge and Managing Director, RIEDC.
A Governing Body consisting on Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII; Dr. Piyush Kumar Sinha, Advisor, RIEDC, Uwitonze Jean Claude, Programs Manager, RICEM; Niyitegeka Esperance, Head of Entrepreneurship, RICEM; and Mr. Bernardin Uwayezu, RICEM oversees the RIEDC.
Director General, EDII
Director In-charge and Managing Director, RIEDC
Programs Manager, RICEM
Head of Entrepreneurship, RICEM
RICEM oversees the RIEDC
RIEDC is currently operating from the premises on RICEM which a fully functional campus. It provides an invigorating learning environment to the faculty and participants. It is fully contained with classrooms, small discussion rooms, computer centre, open spaces for interactive learning pedagogies, a canteen and a café, and offices for faculty and administrative. A large auditorium – cum – convention hall is available for workshops, conferences, seminars and special events. It is a connected campus with modern IT infrastructure.