‘Open Calls’ is a program that offers opportunity to firms in selected value chains to compete and acquire upgraded equipment in a bid to boost competitiveness and productivity and create more decent and productive jobs.
Usually, NIRDA experts would organize tours upcountry to facilitate applicants in the Open Calls Program and help them to understand well its concept and apply for the support.
The application that started in December 2020 was initially set to the deadline of 10th January 2021 but some applicants could not benefit from the technical support normally provided by NIRDA staff due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions for inter-districts travels.
Christian Sekomo Birame, the Director-General of NIRDA has explained that the institution decided to extend application deadline to 31st January 2021 to give second chance to those who were unable to apply for the first time.
“We have extended application deadline for firms engaged in the clay value chain for construction materials because our staff were not able to assist applicants as usual while some people didn’t find required documents due to instituted measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” he said.
"While we have already received some applications, we hope that the extension will help those who could not apply to do so within the next two weeks so that no one is left behind," added Birame.
Interested applicants are urged to call NIRDA toll free line 1055 or visit NIRDA website: www.nirda.gov.rw for more details.
People in Kigali or living in neighbourhood of the city can visit NIRDA offices at Kigali City Tower (7th floor) while others in Huye can visit NIRDA research center nearby the headquarters of the University of Rwanda for support.