Rwanda Young entrepreneurs urged to strive for standardization for their businesses

The Ministry of Youth in collaboration with University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies (UTB) organized Youth Connekt Hangout Session on 6th February, 2019 Under the theme: “Zamukana Ubuziranenge ibikorerwa  iwacu bigire agaciro”

Youth Connekt Hangout is a way of interacting with and listening to youth, as it links youth with different role models ,entrepreneurs ,and other resources persons on given topic. It is also present an opportunity to express innovation and new ideas to unlock potentials in the areas of entrepreneurship, employment global opportunities.

Hangout provides an excellent networking platform for young people and leaders from public private and financial sectors to meet and forge new partnerships for the future.

The main of this session is to sharpen entrepreneurship mindset among students promoting Zamura ubuziranenge program among youth and to let students know available opportunities in standardization, challenges and how to address them.

In her opening remarks, the Minister of Youth Rosemary Mbabazi highlighted the commitment of Government of Rwanda to support young entrepreneurs to modernize and standardization for their business. She urged them to embrace standardization culture to make business sustainable.

Regis Umugiraneza, Head of Agro-processing in Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), spoke about the contribution of RYAF to support young entrepreneurs in agriculture to strive for standardization for their businesses

“Our role is to change and challenge the mind- set among the youth vis –a- vis the agriculture sector in Rwanda, which will offer a room for innovation  intervention and market job opportunities ,thus sustaining the labor systems while uplifting the entire economy,” he noted.

In line with encouraging other young entrepreneurs to promote standardization of Made in Rwanda products, Minister Mbabazi launched a bread of sweet yellow potatoes made by CARL Group Company Ltd owned by Regis Umugiraneza

Hon Ambassador Fatouma Ndangiza Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Rules and Privileges in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) urged Rwanda youth in Agribusiness to be competitive at the regional and international market

She also mentioned that youth have potential opportunities to market their products and learn from others in the region like the single tourist visa that is applied for the northern corridor countries including Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya

“There is also the inter-university council that provides scholarships for youth to increase skills for added values to raise national economy” Ndangiza said

Zamukana ubuziranenge  Program campaign  was launched by Rwanda Standard Board (RSB) on 31st August 2017 with the aim to support Small and Medium Enterprises mainly in food  and beverage industries to fulfil their products and Services standardization requirements.

By RYAF Communication Team

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