When President Paul Kagame visited the Kigali Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Gasabo District yesterday, he toured four factories manufacturing various high quality products from construction materials, to medical and laboratory consumables, to food products.
The factories include StrawTec, which manufactures construction materials; PharmaLab, which produces medical and laboratory consumables; C&H Garments, which manufactures garments for local and international markets; and Africa Improved Foods, which produces fortified foods.
In an interaction with SEZ business community, the Head of State said that it is not acceptable for Rwandans to import low quality goods while there are locally produced high quality products.
“This is an opportunity to be part of the global value chain but we should also satisfy our own market. We have to ensure that the investments made here benefit the investors, but most importantly, benefit Rwandans,” President Kagame said.
The President further reiterated that his visit is in line with the ‘Made in Rwanda’ campaign to embrace locally produced goods and services.
“A lot has been done but we need to do more to satisfy the local market and compete on regional and international levels. Embracing locally produced goods results from a change of mind-set. We have the ability to produce high quality goods,” the President said.