Rwanda Development Board changes may go further than initially expected


“We will concentrate on policy and advocacy” is the tenor of insider news now slowly emerging from the Rwanda Development Board, following intense efforts to get details about their planned restructuring and redistribution of duties along new reporting lines.

This comes hot on the heels of RDB – Tourism & Conservation handing over the running of the Akagera National Park to the African Parks Network, a private sector conservation group with roots in southern Africa.

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The new reality seems to be that all income generating assets and activities, presently under the various departments of the RDB, will in months to come be put on the table for evaluation and their state of readiness to divest such assets to the private sector under concession, license, or franchise agreements.

Important for the tourism sector, there are the money-spinning Parc de Volcanoes and the Nyungwe National Park, which could be up for similar agreements like Akagera, and it is understood that the tourism and conservation fraternity in Rwanda are holding their combined breath, awaiting more news to break to better understand what change is coming their way and how best they can make do in an emerging new business environment, where they may have to deal with bottom line-oriented private sector entities rather than a public sector body.