NIRDA Responsibilities

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA), which is under the supervision of the Ministry of Trade and Industry was established in 2013 by the Government of Rwanda with the following mandate:

•Implement the national industrial development policy, patent inventions and traditional knowledge in relation to industrial development and trade of research products.

•Carry out industrial and technology development research through the establishment of technology incubation centers and pilot plants and rural industrialization.

•Contribute to establishment of trade companies of research products.

•Train business entrepreneurs who wish to invest in new or improved industrial research products.

•Establish and develop industrial research and development partnership with international, regional and national institutions, whether private or public.

•Facilitate the vertical growth of small and medium enterprises for them to enter new markets and increase new improved products.

•Advise the Government on the national industrial research and development policy if necessary.

•Build the capacity of small and medium enterprises by providing prototype development, reverse engineering, manufacturing facilities and business incubation.


The activities of NIRDA are strongly built on its Department of Research and Development, which is composed of four Divisions:

1.Agro-processing and Biotechnology
2.Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries
3.Cleaner Energies and Environmental Management
4.Process Engineering, Manufacturing and High-Tech