Emre Güler is part of SE Forum’s trip to Rwanda, and writes about the fascinating meetings on his blog Africa’s Potential:
“It should’ve been done YESTERDAY”
That sentence keeps on repeating itself over and over again. During the days I’ve been here in Kigali the bold, inspirational, talented and high-caliber Rwandan entrepreneurs I’ve met all have the same vision of progression and fast pacedness that reminds me of my experiences from the Chinese business climate.
Rwandan Entrepreneurs such as Tony Francis Ntore, a Marketing Consultant and partner in his family business I.T.A (International Travel Agency), Amin Gafaranga Founder of the Shokola Lounge, Shema Ngoga Fabrice (Founder of the SOGEM Rwanda packeging company) as well as Raj Rajendra (MD at the textile manufacturer UTEXRWA) all have one mind-set and especially one sentence that sums it all up where this country is heading towards.
”I want it to be done today, but it should have been done YESTERDAY!”
If you take a look at my prior East African experiences with neighbouring Uganda, it feels as if the Rwandan entrepreneurs are on a totally different height and on a level which reminds me of the Asian Tiger Entreprenurial climate. After a couple of days I felt a slight ”China-Wibe”! The amibition, driving-force, the contagious entreprenurial attitude and that fast progression is highly important in order to create jobs. Job creation is the fundamental part which is the key-issue if Rwanda want to avoid experience the same hardships they did in 1994.
Read more on Africa’s Potential blog!