Dr. Christian SEKOMO BIRAME on Monday took over the management of the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) as Director General in a colorful handover graced by minister for Trade and Industry Soraya Hakuziyaremye.
Appointed by the Cabinet early this month, Dr. Sekomo is a chemist and a veteran academician from the University of Rwanda.
He therefore brings in huge experience in research and in management.
He takes over replacing Mrs. Claire MUKESHIMANA who has been at the helm over months in acting capacity.
Speaking during the event, Dr. Sekomo said thanked the government for the trust it had in him and gave him new responsibility as NIRDA Director General.
He also thanked the outgoing acting Director General for her sacrifice to lead the daily activities and ensuring that all the service ran smoothly unhindered.
“For the short period I have been here, I have managed to interact with some staff members and was excited by their ambition and courage to work hard towards implementing NIRDA mandate,” he said.
“I am equally committed to working hard with head of department and the general staff to ensure that we deliver to the mandate of NIRDA by supporting members of the private sector and industries in general,” he added.
Speaking during the handover ceremony minister Hakuziyaremye thanked the outgoing acting DG for the work well done over the past months under her helm and urged the incoming DG to work hard to support members of the private sector especially those engaged manufacturing.
“The government considers the private sector as a key pillar in boosting the economic development under the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) and urged NIRDA Management to put in more efforts to support members of PSF,” she said.
“I am happy for the excellent work accomplished by the outgoing Acting DG despite under staffing, however there is a lot to be accomplished, we expect to bring in innovative ways to support the private sector especially in manufacturing,” she said
“NIRDA has put in place programs and hope they will be scaled up to boost research and ensure competitive among manufacturers and get the best technologies they need, the need to link industry and academia will be critical if we are to develop the country,” she added assuring the NIRDA management of fully support.
According to the outgoing acting DG Mukeshimana, NIRDA has made stride progress over the years and in in good direction and the incoming DG will find a strong foundation to build on.
“Through the teamwork and hard work, NIRDA has managed to implement some projects including the famous Open Calls Program where we support selected industries in given value chains to acquire upgraded equipment to improve productivity,” she said
“Our Laboratory in Huye is also expected to boost industrial research and its operations have partially started” she added
The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA), is a government institution that has been mandated with a mission to enable a generation of industrial innovators to become competitive through technology monitoring, acquisition, development and transfer & applied research.