Rwanda governance systems’ efficiency charms ED

President Mnangagwa

President Mnangagwa

Elita Chikwati, Harare Bureau
President Mnangagwa yesterday said he was charmed by the efficient governance systems in Rwanda, including the excellent performance of its highly organised young chief executives.

He said this at a meeting in Harare where Rwandan governance expert, Ms Clare Akamanzi addressed Cabinet Ministers, Politburo members, senior Government officials and members of the private sector.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda and his deputies were also in attendance.

Ms Akamanzi, who is the Rwandan Development Board (RDB) chief executive officer, was accompanied by RDB chief operations officer, Mr Emmanuel Hategeka.

The two shared their experiences on how Rwanda managed to improve the ease of doing business and economic performance after emerging from the genocide on minority Tutsis of 1994.

President Mnangagwa said he was smitten by Rwanda’s way of doing business when he went to the east African nation for an African Union summit last month.

“During my visit to Rwanda, I was impressed. I met the CEOs of Rwanda and hardly anybody was above 50; very young. I did not know why, and President Paul Kagame explained to me. We then agreed that a team be sent here to share with us their experiences,” President Mnangagwa told his audience yesterday.

“Rwanda is not as gifted as Zimbabwe in terms of resources and is 15 times smaller than Zimbabwe in size, but the manner in which they are organised is a marvel.

“I felt it was necessary for you my colleagues to be exposed to Kigali and I asked President Kagame to send us his team,” he said.

“I have no doubt a majority of us will appreciate what Rwanda has achieved, especially in the manner they process investment. It’s like a machine. Here we do not even know when an investor comes or where he will stay and he may spend three weeks moving from one ministry to another. If the minister is out, the investor may wait for him to come back; it’s absolutely unnecessary.

“Systems must continue to function and this is what we want to achieve,” he said.

Ms Akamanzi said their invitation by the Zimbabwean Government showed the country was keen to follow through on its commitment to open up and develop its economy.

“Zimbabwe is not only open for business, but clearly you mean business, Mr President,” she said.

For Rwanda to make significant progress, she said, it stressed unity, accountability and aiming high.

“We united our people because we came from a history of division. The first priority was to ensure that the Rwanda that was being built was united; that everyone could see themselves in. The youths, women, educated, rural and urban and all those that came from outside the country to be part of the re building. So unity was very important,” she said.

“The second thing President (Kagame) said was think big. Even though we were coming from the lowest place you could imagine, even though we had a divided past, even though we had challenges such as being a landlocked country with few skilled people, the point was how could we think about that and aim high. How can we think Rwanda can achieve what other developed countries can achieve. Thinking big changed our mindest and trained us.”

She said Rwanda also established strong institutions to enhance accountability.

“Accountability ensured leaders remained accountable to the citizens and the citizens remained accountable to the leaders,” she added.

Mr Hategeka told the same meeting that central to Rwanda’s transformation was the private sector, including running the public service as efficient as the private sector.

“Our President (Kagame) ran the country like a company and so there were performance contracts. It’s not exclusive to enterprises and corporations, it also works in the public service. And every ministry and government employee at the beginning had to sign performance contracts that contained the priorities that impact positively on the lives of the people, and was signed by the President,” he said.

Mr Hategeka said there was also deliberate effort for Government, civil society, the private sector and citizens to work around an agreed agenda and national vision.

“The national dialogue brought accountability. It was a moment of truth,” he said.

Rwanda has also made significant progress towards gender inclusivity, with 64 percent of its leadership being women.

The Rwanda Development Board is a one-stop centre responsible for making instant decisions on investment inquiries across all sectors of the economy and as a result, it only takes six hours for one to start a business in Rwanda.

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  • Concerned

    There you have it Mnangagwa, all CEOs in Rwanda below 50 years old!And here in Zimbabwe we are stuck with retirees in the 75s,65s,80s as our leaders!Even our corporate boards are like old people’s homes! That’s not good for development. To move forward you need youngsters with energy,speed and who still dream big and want to achieve more for themselves. Also those issues of accountability, unity,transparency and aiming high,are a tall order for Zimbabwe where people with an old mentality never retire from work!Iam just 36 years and iam so highly skilled and educated that I always cry when I see Joram Gumbo,Patrick Chinamasa, Sithembiso Nyoni,Mnangagwa himself, Tobaiwa Mudede, Chiwenga, etc.and all those sleeping old guys still running this country!!!Why why???There is a lot of young talent out there in Zimbabwe why not give them a chance?We have career politicians in Zim who are civil servants for life!Not good.If we are to follow the Rwanda route,then as a country we need to see thousands retire so that we youngsters run the show!!!

    • Cde

      They shld start with ZIMRA so much redtape and tooo many lazy manager’s how can you hv 200 managers who hv cars and houses every 3 years and then they give workers peanuts …its mockery ..this parastatal must be reformed

      • Mzilikazi

        Its true comrade Parastatals are milking the state coffers ..they were created as a way to create jobs for shefs relatives small houses etc especially ZIMRA i heard they hv 200 managers all with luxurious cars and houses .also chek Zinara when are going to hv a break guys from being milked ….If Chiwenga doesnt act this he will nt win election this is his chance…

        • Bulawayo Born

          Thokozani Khupe seriously needs some butt plumping injections, her behind is not big enough for her to rule..

          • Mzilikazi

            The lady is beautiful u are jealous ndebele girls mwaaaa..Shona gals money only and artificial beauty…we will export them to harare soon and earn forex

  • Sandura1

    Mugabe created so much poverty and corrupt systems such that old people are not ready to retire either because they are still poor or still want to continue milking “it”. There are so many unemployed young fellows and I am afraid they are losing out on experience whilst the old and inefficient hang on. I am not worried too much about an old but not very old presidium because their job is just to make informed and strategic political decisions with an input from the young of course.

  • zibulo

    Note what the Rwandese lady says in the paragraph: Think Big !! I see noone remembers JM Nkomo telling Zimbabweans to think Big when they asked him about work / employment , also adding LIMA if you want IMALI. Who heard him ? So why praise the same statement from another country when we had our own Visionaries who were persecuted for their capability. JM Nkomo also castigated Mgabe/ZANU early 1980s telling Mgabe to give war vetrs land/farms as his example of Mguza and Snake Park farms given to ZPRA by him,to be later ‘siezed”by ZANU. The Rwandan lady also mentions UNITY,a key factor to pulling together/development. Here there is no UNITY, only ZANU swallowed ZAPU and its defined as Unity. Its is Fong Kong hence it has achiebed nothing,tribal tensions still run high. You dont unite people by imposing non locals in State Depts where they know nothing about culture and language, and you do not force people to speak your language even though you might be majority. What impact did the so-called majority have on the colonialist during The War? ZERO. Remove and replace Shonas in Matebeleland and put our children ,why should they be in charge of our development if you want to do PROPER UNITY, otherwise we will always be backward. We want to plan, implement and execute development in our area in Mthwakazi on our own but as part of the National Develpment Agenda. Why should they bring their children to work in Govt jobs and parastatals here. Lathi silabo abantwana .Unity is Number One

  • Zvobgo

    Even those who call @nelsonchamisa a @40 toddler still invite a 39yr mature
    Rwandaise woman to lecture them on how to make our economy tick..

    Give us a signal to rakasha them harder mama