Musanze District partners with AMI to strengthen entrepreneur business skills

On 30 March 2022 at 08:45

Musanze District and the African Management Institute (AMI) have signed a one-year partnership to strengthen the practical skills and knowledge of entrepreneurs and managers in the district through AMI’s unique training programmes.

African Management Institute programmes offered through the Hanga Ahazaza initiative in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, focus on increasing employment opportunities for young people while expanding the hospitality and tourism sector in Rwanda.

Since 2019, almost 900 managers and entry level employees have graduated from AMI’s Workplace Learning programmes and more than 400 entrepreneurs and business leaders both in Hospitality & Tourism sector have benefited from AMI’s entrepreneurship programmes last year.

Under the new partnership with Musanze District, AMI aims at enrolling a minimum of 70 entrepreneurs and business owners into its Survive to Thrive programme which is a 4-month practical business growth programme that equips business leaders and their teams with skills and tools to help them address challenges affecting their enterprises and be able to recognize and seize business opportunities.

In addition, AMI will support more than 200 supervisors and aspiring supervisors in the hospitality and tourism sector as well as the creative industry to develop their management skills through the workplace learning programmes ‘Inspiring Managers’ and ‘[email protected]

Commenting on the development, Malik Shaffy, AMI Rwanda Country Director said that the partnership comes in the right time as AMI expands its reach to Musanze Community.

“ We have worked with the Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA) to set up a new office at their Innovation Hub at the Musanze Youth Centre. Young entrepreneurs will be able to visit the Hub to learn about our programmes and meet our Growth Guides who will support them to acquire the skills they need to keep their businesses operating.

We look forward to working with business leaders and managers on this journey. I encourage them to visit the youth centre or our website to apply for an AMI programme that suits their business goals," he said.

Janvier Ramuli, the Mayor of Musanze District appreciated AMI’s support to entrepreneurs and business managers to build their companies and find new ways to provide great customer care.

”Musanze is one of the major secondary cities and the hub of Rwanda’s tourism and hospitality industry. We are delighted to partner with AMI as their programmes will help build skills and opportunity for young Rwandans and contribute to the economic development of the district at scale,” he said.

Following the signing of the agreement with Musanze District, the AMI management team met with AMI Alumni based in Musanze to celebrate their achievements, discuss challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic as well as ways to overcome them.

To learn more about AMI’s programmes, visit africanmanagers.org/rwanda.

Interested individuals in Musanze District are encouraged to apply for the Inspiring Managers programme at bit.ly/AMITW-Musanze and Survive to Thrive programme at bit.ly/AMIS2T-Musanze.

Mayor Janvier Ramuli (R) and AMI Country Manager, Malik Shaffy (L) after the signing of MoU.
AMI's Management team meeting with Alumni who graduated from the programmes.
(R to L) Aimable Rwigamba, the Manager of Musanze Innovation and Employment service Center; Clementine Mukamana, AMI's Growth Guide and Isabelle Sindayirwanya, AMI's Sourcing & Marketing Manager at Musanze Hanga Hub.