RDB recognises private sector in the 5th RDB Business Excellence Awards

PSF Chairman Benjamin Gasamagera hands the Investor of the Year Award to Africa Improved Foods

RDB recognises private sector in the 5th RDB Business Excellence Awards

RDB (Rwanda Development Board) awards ten local business leaders during the 5th edition of the RDB Business Excellence Awards.

The RDB Business Excellence Awards 2017, under the theme ’In pursuit of Business Excellence’, celebrates efforts made by both corporate and small medium sized enterprises in Rwanda. The awards are an opportunity for the local business community to come together and celebrate business development and success. Over 400 guests are expected, including members of local business community, development partners and various other stakeholders.

The ten categories that were awarded are the Investor of the Year, Emerging Investor of the Year, the Exporter of the Year, Emerging Exporter of the Year, The Innovator of the Year, The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, The Made in Rwanda Enterprise of the Year, The Manufacturer of the Year and the Service Provider of the year. Over 100 companies applied for the RDB Business Excellence Awards 2017.

Commenting on the role of the private sector in Rwanda’s development agenda and how the RDB Excellence Awards tie into RDB’s mission of fast tracking investment in Rwanda, RDB Chief Executive Officer, Clare Akamanzi, said:

’We recognise the role the private sector plays in spearheading Rwanda’s economy and that is why we are celebrating the business community this way. As RDB our main mission is to successfully make Rwanda the investment destination of choice in the region.  Today, Rwanda is ranked by the World Bank Doing Business Report as one of the top 50 countries in the world in terms of ease of doing business. In addition, Rwanda is ranked as the second most competitive economy in sub-Saharan Africa by the World Economic Forum. These rankings are proof that Rwanda is making progress towards its goal of becoming the premier destination for investment in our region.

The 5th Edition of the RDB Business Excellence Awards was broadcast live on Rwanda Television. Below are the winners of 5th Edition of the RDB Business Excellence Awards:

Investor of the Year: Africa Improved Foods

Emerging Investor of the Year: C&H Garments

Exporter of the Year: Rwanda Mountain Tea

Emerging Exporter of the Year: Norelga Macadamia

Woman Entrepreneur of the Year: Pharmalab

Made in Rwanda enterprise of the year: Uzuri K&Y

Innovator of the Year: Ignite Power

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Sanit Wing

Service provider of the Year: I&M bank

Manufacturer of the Year: Bakheresa



Sanny Ntayombya

Head of Communications and Marketing,

Rwanda Development Board


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