Cédric A. Bimenyima, Private Sector Specialist, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda – Building a Productive Capacities Index for Rwanda
National Capacity Building Workshop on Indicators for Measuring and Benchmarking Productive Capacities and Structural Economic Transformation in Rwanda
Aligned with United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the East African Community Vision 2050 and the African Agenda 2063, Rwanda is one of a small number of African countries moving from the implementation of a National Vision 2020 to a new Vision 2050, which aims at achieving high standards of living for the population and puts emphasis on achieving high and sustained economic growth, high per capita income, modernization and structural transformation.
Landlocked developing countries, such as Rwanda face multiple development challenges. On the one hand, their geographical disadvantages, including remoteness from international markets and the resulting high transit-transport costs and relatively small domestic markets, continue to undermine their international competitiveness. On the other hand, their heavy dependence on low-value, high-volume primary commodities for exports, weak productive capacities and the overall lack of structural transformation in their economies have compounded further their prospects for growth, poverty reduction and overall development.
UNCTAD is supporting landlocked developing countries, such as Rwanda, to strengthen the capacity to develop productive capacity indices and use them to support evidence-based policymaking. This includes defining the conceptual, methodological and statistical framework for identifying, selecting and validating indicators, to be used in the construction of Productive Capacities Indices.
“In this context, UNCTAD organized a national workshop at technical (experts) level and senior officials (policy level) from 23-25 July 2018. The objectives of the workshop were:
a) Levels of productive capacities in Rwanda and other developing countries;
b) Challenges of economic diversification and the implications of increased export concentration for fostering productive capacities and structural economic transformation in Rwanda;
c) The role of transport, trade facilitation and trade logistics in improving the export competitivenessof Rwanda; and
d) Successful experiences and best practices in policy formulation and implementation for productive capacities and structural economic transformation with implications for Rwanda.
For further information, please see: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/ALDC/Landlocked%20Developing%20Countries/UNDA-Project-1617M.aspx.