Private Sector Federation
Private sector representation started in Rwanda prior to 1994, in the form of the Rwanda Chamber of Commerce. A government driven institution, the Chamber of Commerce exhibited three important limitations: lack of autonomy, weak representation, and lack of relevant services. As a result, Industrialists, Banks, Insurers, Transporters, and Women created stand-alone associations to serve their needs.
The PSF-RWANDA was therefore founded in December 1999 as the Private Sector’s counterpart and umbrella organization in the Private Public Partnership framework in Rwanda. Initially the PSF grouped together 14 Associations that were sector specific. The number grew to 23 Associations representing 17 specific business associations and six provincial business associations.
From 2006, PSF leadership undertook a restructuring exercise for the purposes of injecting a greater level of efficiency within all its working sites and enhancing the PSF-RWANDA as the umbrella organization and voice of the private sector in Rwanda.
The 2004-07 strategy also identified the need to strengthen sectoral associations. In November 2005, the private sector General Assembly approved the new chamber structure, set out below. Each chamber (equivalent to a sectoral association) is governed by a board of Directors comprised of 3 leaders of the executive and a number of administrators according to the number of associations in the chamber. This new structure presents three main benefits:
- Ensuring a stronger voice on sectoral matters
- Providing easier and more effective consultation with a more holistic and less fragmented view of industries
- Establishing stronger capacity to provide sector specific services.
The PSF-RWANDA Secretariat has also been restructured into 6 departments along the lines of its major strategic priorities as laid out in the 2005-07 strategy. This has allowed the PSF-RWANDA to better focus on its core programs and their implementation.
The departments are:
- Entrepreneurship Development and Business Growth
- Capacity Building and Employment
- Trade and Policy Advocacy
- Membership, Events and Communications
- Finance and Administration
PSF-RWANDA Chamber Structure:
This restructuring has let to improvements in the direction of the Federation which have been further built upon in the 2007-10 strategy. The 2007-2010 Strategy has built upon the momentum gained during the 2005-07 period while at the same time focusing RPSF’s efforts to a limited number of key priority areas :
- Promote Entrepreneurship and Business Growth
- Build Private Sector Capacity
- Effective private sector advocacy
- Support active involvement in Regional and International Trade
- Develop Quality Member Services and enhance Communication
These priorities consolidated activities undertaken since January 2005 and embody the PSF-RWANDA leadership’s ambitions for the Federation as an institution while responding to the needs of the Rwandan private sector.
The achievements of the 2007-10 period have been accomplished detailed below:
Strategic Priority 1: Promote Entrepreneurship and Business Growth
Strategic Priority 2: Build Private Sector Capacity
Strategic Priority 3: Effective private sector advocacy to influence Policy reforms
•Represented private sector in PPP meetings
•Removal of non service based fees (e.g. 1.2% on business registration, 4% on MAGERWA. 2.25% on mortgage registration, 6% on property transfers etc.)
•Lifting the ban on movements of commercial trucks after six pm
•Actively participated in the review of business laws
•Leading the restructuring of the arbitration center
•Active involvement in the amendments of labour code and national social security policy
Strategic Priority 4: Support active involvement in Regional and International Trade
•Successful organisation of annual international trade fairs
•Signed agreement with Spacial Solutions for the new international Trade Fair and Exhibition Park
•Promoting intra-regional trade through the reductions of NTBs
•Active participation in EAC and EPAs negotiations
Strategic Priority 5: Develop Quality Member Services and enhance Communications
•Developed a strong communication strategy and a new identity for PSF
•Conducted a first ever business operators’ census
•Performed donor fundraising campaign
•Improved membership revenue collection (RwF 106 million approx)
What is PSF?
The Private Sector Federation – Rwanda (PSF) is a professional organization, dedicated to promote and represent the interests of the Rwandan business community. It is an umbrella organization that groups 9 professional chambers. It was established in December 1999, replacing the former Rwanda Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
To represent and serve the interests of the entire private sector through lobbying and advocacy, while at the same time providing timely and relevant business development services that lead to sustainable private sector led economic growth and development
To create a credible and effective institution supporting the emergency of a strong private sector for Rwanda's economic transformation
- To represent the interests of the private sector
- Dialogue with Government on matters related to the improvement of business through the economic partnership forum;
- Business promotion and development.
Private Sector Federation:
PO Box 319